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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-22-2004, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Trolls--How should we handle them?

Have you ever seen a child stomp her foot or hold her breath? Childish, isn't it? Why do kids act that way? To get attention. I think we'd all agree. They want a reaction, good or bad attention, as long as it's attention!

I taught at a school for children with special needs, and the behavior modification technique for this type of action is not only to ignore it, but take away ALL attention from others. It works very well. The child is not going to hold her breath or stomp his foot if it gets him nowhere.

I think it's obvious that there is a parallel here. Trolls do what they do to "get a rise" out of us. What they hope for is someone to fight back, some one to call them jerks, and give them cause to keep answering, getting more and more people involved!

The answer to handling a troll is Do Not Answer at ALL! Send a pm to the mods and the webmaster. The ONE lonely, unanswered remark sits alone, completely ineffective! Then someone deletes it!

Please understand; I know that they can say terrible things, cruel and pornographic things, but when you answer a troll, you are giving that immature person EXACTLY what he hoped for. You are feeding the trolls!

Ignore trolls completely. I can often spot a questionable member after only a few posts. So can Bean and catman. We start watching every post that person makes, and when they've gone too far, they're banned. Sometimes the first post gets edited or causes them to be banned. Catman is very careful not to step on a person's right to an opinion, but he won't tolerate trolls. Be assured of that. Perhaps they will someday find a constructive way to get attention.

I have been asked by a couple of members to address this issue. I hope you'll cooperate. And your opinion is always valuable. Thanks so much.




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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-22-2004, 02:27 PM
 
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good advice, just like prank callers, if they don't get a rise then they'll go post somewhere else that they do
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my good friend is a behavior therapist for autistic children, some severly affected. many of these kids have self-injurious behaviors, such as biting themselves (sometimes hard enough to draw blood), banging their heads against walls, and pinching themselves. any reaction to these behaviors reinforces them, as they are getting the attention they are looking for. they only way to stop these behaviors is to ignore them, no matter how hard the child is biting or hitting or pinching.

my point is, even though everything in you tells you you must respond, the only way to make it stop is to show that nothing is affected by the undesirable behaviors.
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You couldn't have summed things up better with this post, Jeanie.

My apologies if I've ever "added fuel to the fire".
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yeah, sometimes I just can't resist engaging a troll. I do try very hard to behave myself on CF though.

I am not married and don't currently have a S/O, so sometimes I crave pointless arguements


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Trolls - how should we handle them?

Good advice, as always, from Jeannie.
I never engage with trolls, having learned my lesson from other forums.
I think there is a difficulty with 'borderline' trolls though. Sometimes people have widely differing, but dearly held, opinions. What starts out as heated debate can turn into something nastier.
I tend to err on the side of caution and try never to get involved in contentious issues. But then again, that could be interpreted as avoiding issues and missing out on useful interchanges with people of differing views. I think its a tricky line to walk sometimes.
But at the end of the day, most trolls are so easy to spot they are easy to avoid!

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You would be surprised at how well that doesn't work!

Someone will ALWAYS say something. I would say not to listen repeatedly on other boards and lock posts, and people would open up new posts (non trolls) just to complain. Maybe this board will be different though.
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'Troll' lol, Ive never heard it called that before...good word!!!!
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I will ignore them from now on. I know in the past I used to answer (I coulnd't resist!) and it was wrong. I agree with you Jeanie, that the best thing to do is to ignore them.

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