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Internet Trolling

Postby ryguy » Tue Aug 01, 2006 2:07 am

I just want to take a moment to make it clear that internet trolling will not be tolerated in any form on this forum.

What is internet trolling?

On the Internet, troll is a slang term used to describe:
1. A post (on a newsgroup, or other forum) that is solely intended to incite controversy, conflict, annoyance, or offense.
2. A person who posts such messages.

When you read a post that you consider a form of internet trolling, there are several things you can do. First of all, feel free to fire off a PM to Shawnna, Hidden Hand, Zep or me (ryguy) and we'll see if there's anything we can do to help.

Otherwise, ignoring the troll behavior seems to be the most effective course of action:

When you suspect that somebody is a troll, you might try responding with a polite, mild message to see if it's just somebody in a bad mood. Internet users sometimes let their passions get away from them when seated safely behind their keyboard. If you ignore their bluster and respond in a pleasant manner, they usually calm down.

However, if the person persists in being beastly, and seems to enjoy being unpleasant, the only effective position is summed up as follows:

The only way to deal with trolls is to limit your reaction to reminding others not to respond to trolls.

When you try to reason with a troll, he wins. When you insult a troll, he wins. When you scream at a troll, he wins. The only thing that trolls can't handle is being ignored.

If we notice repetitive troll-like behavior from users, we'll do our best to take care of it and keep this forum one of the few on the internet where you can enjoy a civil, intelligent, and open discussion on any topic.

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Postby dragonfire » Tue Aug 01, 2006 3:14 pm

Oh no, I can see it now, all these pm's to zep and ry, wondering if shawnna is in a bad mood today, or is she trolling in her own forum :shock:

Sorry, had to do it :roll:
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