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Gamesbids.com is no orphan when it comes to internet trolls and trolling behaviour by certain members.

So, let’s talk about the elephant ….. also known as the trolls ….  in the room.

Check this out ……Traits of a troll: the psychology of internet trolling

 

 

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Here are some definitions :

Source:  Internet Troll - Urban Dictionary

”Someone who takes pleasure in causing drama by arguing with people without wanting or accepting anyone's response, also known as a "Justin"

"Man, this Justin guy is such an internet troll."

“An Internet troll, or simply troll in Internet slang, is someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum or chat room, with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response or to generally disrupt normal on-topic discussion.”

 

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What is Trolling?

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A troll is Internet slang for a person who intentionally tries to instigate conflict, hostility, or arguments in an online social community. Platforms targeted by trolls can include the comment sections of YouTube, forums, or chat rooms.

Trolls often use inflammatory messages to provoke emotional responses out of people, disrupting otherwise civil discussion.

Trolling can occur anywhere that has an open area where people can freely post their thoughts and opinions.

 

Source:   What is Trolling? by GFC Global

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Types of Trolls  

There are many different types of troll, such as:

  • The insult troll who posts pure hateful comments just for the sake of it. They don’t need to know the person or have a reason for posting spiteful comments. 
  • The forever offended trolls are experts in taking a humorous piece of content and turning it into something sour and offensive. 
  • The show off troll doesn’t particularly like to take part in discussions, but prefers to share their opinion without having any particular knowledge of the subject being discussed. 
  • The “look at me” troll isn’t interested in anything you have to say - they’re on a mission to get you to look at their page, buy something from them, download their content or follow them. 

 

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Four ways to protect yourself from trolling

 

Ignore

Don’t reply to any nasty or offensive comments. Giving trolls attention is exactly what they want and will only lead to more upset. 

Block

Block, block, block. If you’re not sure how to, you’ll find some step by step instructions on how to block trolls on Facebook and Twitter below. 

Report

If you’re being trolled, report the instigator to the site administrators. If they keep popping up, keep reporting them and if that’s still not helping you should contact the police. Again, you’ll find some information on how to report trolls on Facebook and Twitter below. 

Talk

If a troll upsets you, remember it’s their problem and not yours. Talk to friends and family about how you are feeling.

 

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10 Effective Tactics to Defeat Internet Trolls

by Julia McCoy   October 7, 2021

The trolls have moved out of their caves and onto the internet.

Unlike the mythological creatures of early Scandinavian folklore, online trolls are real, and dealing with them is never a fun experience.

An internet troll, as defined by Wikipedia, is:

“…a person who posts inflammatory, insincere, digressive, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog), with the intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses, or manipulating others’ perception.”

Put simply, an internet troll is someone who takes great pleasure in being an insufferable jerk online.

The more people they tick off, the better. Trolls thrive on sarcasm and insults, and they’ve been around for as long as the internet has existed.

Unfortunately, the trolls of today have escalated into a much more malicious force of hate than the original jokesters that were prevalent back in the ’90s. Now, 41% of Americans have experienced some form of online harassment.

What’s more, the number of severe encounters such as cyberbullying, physical threats, stalking, sexual harassment, etc. have sadly become more common.

That’s why today’s topic is necessary.

In this post, you’ll see how to know you’re facing an internet troll, and find a list of tips to add to your arsenal so you’re ready to handle the nonsense right away and protect your peace of mind.

Source: searchenginejournal.com

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Defeat Internet Trolls with These 10 Techniques

Source: Searchengine.com  by Julia McCoy 7 October 2021

 

The trolls have moved out of their caves and onto the internet.

Unlike the mythological creatures of early Scandinavian folklore, online trolls are real, and dealing with them is never a fun experience.

An internet troll, as defined by Wikipedia, is:

“…a person who posts inflammatory, insincere, digressive, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog), with the intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses, or manipulating others’ perception.”

Put simply, an internet troll is someone who takes great pleasure in being an insufferable jerk online.

The more people they tick off, the better. Trolls thrive on sarcasm and insults, and they’ve been around for as long as the internet has existed.

Unfortunately, the trolls of today have escalated into a much more malicious force of hate than the original jokesters that were prevalent back in the ’90s. Now, 41% of Americans have experienced some form of online harassment.

What’s more, the number of severe encounters such as cyberbullying, physical threats, stalking, sexual harassment, etc. have sadly become more common.

Warning Signs You’re Dealing with an Internet Troll

Some of the warning signs that you’re dealing with a troll include:

Blindness to evidence: Trolls are notorious for ignoring facts and either doubling down on their stance or redirecting to a new topic altogether.

Name-calling: Internet trolls aren’t known for their creativity. They’ll often latch onto the latest trending insult and use it in every situation. Hello, “Karen.”

Topic redirects: This is an old-school trolling technique that’s still around today on chats and forums. Trolls enjoy making off-topic remarks to try and distract posters from the discussion. They’ll also post unrelated images or memes.

Condescending tone: “Why you mad, bro?” Trolls love to stoke the fire and then act dismissive when people become angry, which only triggers more frustration. And they know it.

Overexaggerating: While most people use words that aren’t absolute, there’s no middle ground for trolls. Everything has to be on the extreme end of the spectrum. Instead of saying “often” or “sometimes,” they’ll say “always” or “never.”

There’s something about the anonymity of the internet that brings out the worst in trolls.

Most of them wouldn’t dare engage in a direct face-to-face confrontation. But through the computer screen, there aren’t any real consequences to make them think twice about letting their inner nastiness out.

 

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Here’s how you can shut them down.

1. Don’t Feed the Trolls

The classic internet adage still holds merit. Trolls thrive on emotional responses to their provocation.

It can be difficult to restrain yourself but don’t add fuel to the fire.

If you don’t engage, the troll will hopefully move on.

 

2. Be the Boss! No Trolls Allowed

If you’re in charge of a platform — whether it’s your social media profile, discussion forum, blog, etc. — you need a list of clear guidelines that includes a “no trolling” policy.

Implementing these rules establishes impartiality. If someone is angry that their comment was deleted, you can point back to your policy and cite a violation as the cause of the removal.

For example, see how the Library of Congress set clear guidelines in their comment and posting policy:

 

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                             Screenshot from Loc.gov, September 2021

 

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3. Add Moderators to Your Roster

Managing a single, small-scale blog or social media profile is one thing, but if you have hundreds or even thousands of posts and a major troll infestation, it’s time to call in backup!

A team of moderators is a worthwhile investment if you aren’t able to keep up with the troll onslaught yourself.

They can verify comments and deal with policy violators so you can focus your attention on other tasks.

If you don’t have the resources or funds to hire moderators, look into some of the tools available on various platforms:

  • Facebook’s comment moderation plugin.
  • YouTube’s comment settings for automatic moderation.
  • Twitter’s reporting option for abusive tweets.
  • Instagram’s reporting option for policy violations.
  • WordPress’s comment moderation tools.
  • Other blog tools such as Disqus and IntenseDebate, which are two of the most popular.

 

4. If You Can’t Ignore the Trolls, Call Their B.S.

Trolls aren’t interested in having civilized, rational conversations. Their arguments aren’t logical, and they’re certainly not strong debaters.

Stay calm and simply ask for facts and sources to back up their unsubstantiated claims.

Chances are, they won’t have any, and they’ll sputter into silence. All they really wanted was a heated, passionate debate, and you denied them that.

Every time they make a wild statement, counter it with a polite request for evidence.

 

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5. Kill Them with Kindness

It’s hard to respond to hate with kindness. But since trolls are usually looking for a fight, reacting with an opposite approach often stops them in their tracks.

One particularly uplifting example was posted on Funny Side of Tumblr. An exchange started with a furious mother attacking someone for “making her child sick” because the youth was exploring their gender identity.

Rather than reciprocate the anger by becoming defensive, the user responded with kindness, even complimenting and ultimately connecting with the upset mother and answering her questions.

What started with, “My child is sick due to you!” drew to a close with, “Bless you, if I have more questions I can ask you.”

Tumblr users showed appreciation for the way the situation was diffused:

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It’s worth noting that this shouldn’t be your expected outcome. In this case, the aggressiveness came from a place of fear and confusion, but in most other instances, trolls aren’t going to come around.

Still, it doesn’t hurt to show a little kindness. You might make a difference in someone’s life.

This conversation would have ended a lot differently if anger had been met with more anger.

 

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6. Disarm Them with Humor

Much like with kindness, trolls aren’t usually equipped to respond to humor. Their goal is to make people mad, not make them laugh.

Laughter is troll kryptonite.

If you need some inspiration on how to fight trolls with humor, check out Wendy’s Twitter.

The brand has become well-known for its tongue-in-cheek humor when responding to trolls.

Wendy’s even goes so far as to regularly invite other brands to be roasted.

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However, be cautious with a humorous approach. It’s easy to cross the line and become offensive in the eyes of your audience.

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7. Have Friends-Only Social Profiles

This solution is pretty cut-and-dried. If you don’t want random trolls commenting on your posts, keep them private.

Obviously, this won’t work if you’re a business, influencer, or someone who needs to reach the public, but it’s an easy way to keep your personal profile safe.

8. Block, Ban, or Report Trolls

While this option is more tedious, it’s sometimes necessary if you have a troll that just won’t stop.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and most other social media platforms give you the option to report a post for being abusive, among other options like unfollowing the person who posted it.

 

9. Decompress Before You Reply

Remember – a troll’s goal is to make you and other people upset. Don’t let them achieve their goal.

Before you type a response, try this:

  • Take a deep breath.
  • Walk away for a few minutes (minimum).
  • Remind yourself it’s not personal, and it’s not worth getting upset.

When you’re composed enough to return and address the issue, try to keep a clear, open mind.

Replying when you’re angry isn’t going to end in a peaceful resolution.

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10. Stay Professional

One of the worst errors you can make is confusing an unhappy customer for a troll and responding in an unprofessional manner. Stay calm and factual.

If someone is complaining about your business, apologize and try to redirect the conversation to a private channel so the issues can be resolved outside of the public’s scrutiny.

If someone is nitpicking a typo or other minor mistake, thank them for pointing out the error, fix it, and then don’t engage any further.

Whether you’re answering a troll or a real customer, remember that your comments are public, and the rest of the community is watching. In most cases, people are less concerned with what the problem was and more with how you handled it.

 

Trolls are Only as Big as We Make Them

Internet trolls thrive on drama.

If you stoop to their level, they’re winning.

It’s not about being right or wrong. If you stop engaging the trolls, you’re taking the oxygen away from their fire.

Take the high road, and leave the trolls far below.

 

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4 hours ago, AustralianFan said:
  • The forever offended trolls are experts in taking a humorous piece of content and turning it into something sour and offensive. 
  • The show off troll doesn’t particularly like to take part in discussions, but prefers to share their opinion without having any particular knowledge of the subject being discussed. 
  • The “look at me” troll isn’t interested in anything you have to say - they’re on a mission to get you to look at their page, buy something from them, download their content or follow them. 

Something tells me I have seen such a person before. Who might that have been? A true enigma of the mystery... :ph34r:

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4 hours ago, AustralianFan said:

Ignore

Don’t reply to any nasty or offensive comments. Giving trolls attention is exactly what they want and will only lead to more upset. 

Block

Block, block, block. If you’re not sure how to, you’ll find some step by step instructions on how to block trolls on Facebook and Twitter below.

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You knoe, I think you're totally right. The time has come.

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12 hours ago, AustralianFan said:

 

  • The forever offended trolls are experts in taking a humorous piece of content and turning it into something sour and offensive. 
  • The show off troll doesn’t particularly like to take part in discussions, but prefers to share their opinion without having any particular knowledge of the subject being discussed. 
  • The “look at me” troll isn’t interested in anything you have to say - they’re on a mission to get you to look at their page, buy something from them, download their content or follow them. 

 

C’mon AF

Can you not see the irony?????

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Again, with respect, disagreeing with a post or people expressing issues with a style of posting is not trolling.

Okay, I’ll bite the bullet. Let’s address the elephant in the room. I’m not the only one who thinks AustralianFan is over-posting and becoming over-officious. Going by the criteria he himself posted, he tends to police, over-post and create multiple threads on particular topics or issues that can be viewed as disruptive. And considered so by a significant number. This thread alone is an example.

Despite differences we’ve had, I think he can and has made some valuable contributions to the board. I just think everyone would be happier if he just chilled and cooled it down a little.

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What is the boards position on making fun of peoples mental health and/or depression?

In NZ this is a no go due to the country having one of the highest rates of cyber bullying and male suicide in the OCD. 

However here, it seems to be ignored when it happens, only i have called the most recent one out.

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But according to said offender themselves, they have no “disorder”. So your argument is null & void. And quite frankly, you’re the one that’s being judgmental in that aspect since you’re the one making that assumption.

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