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Dont Feed the Trolls December 23, 2005

Posted by Manuel in Uncategorized.


Behavioral Issues

Precise definitions of \”troll\” have been difficult because such definitions rely on assumptions about internal motivation, which have been difficult to conculsively prove. Some behaviors, such as \”name-calling\” are not candidates for a \”troll\” classification unless their intent is to provoke a reaction, as \”name-calling\” could be considered more anti-social, perhaps falling under the classification of \”flamer\” instead.

Some have suggested that instead of calling somebody a \”troll\”, they should focus on specific behaviors that a group finds uncomfortable, and enforce behavioral rules to consistently and fairly prevent such behaviors. The idea is to focus on the undesirable behavior itself, rather than on the motivation for the behavior. If such behaviors cannot be identified, then perhaps the alleged troll should be tolerated out of fairness. Some call this, the \”If you cannot identify it, then tolerate it\” plan.

I thought this would be some worth while info as everyone is at home for a few days and may be online more.




1. Sylvi, a.k.a. Bambolina or simply, The Bam - December 23, 2005

Interesting. I did not know there was a name for those rude, narcissistic types. Yes, not responding to them would be the most effective strategy. Say, Manuel, have you been running into trolls lately?

2. Anonymous - December 24, 2005

Never used this word as a description of a person. But i certainly will be doing it now! haha

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