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    Can someone explain in detail what a troll is & the reasons those here suspected of being one are suspected in the first place???

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    A troll is someone who will post something on the forum purely to cause arguements. It's hard to explain why one would be accused, but normally it is because they are going out of their way to annoy, cause fights and a general uproar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malinois-72 View Post
    Can someone explain in detail what a troll is & the reasons those here suspected of being one are suspected in the first place???

    Dont start me on trolls, ( such as the current few thats still bombarding the forum)

    I'm sick to death of then around here, they are nothing but s*it stirrers, 2 faced mongrels & trouble makers that bombard the forum with crap, that's why i treat them like crap back as they don't deserve any respect or friendliness etc

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    Trolls create discord within a group. They pride themselves on stirring up trouble, often taking great pains to place blame on other members.

    Below is one of the best things i found dealing with trolls on a board i had.

    Eliminate the drama queens. Any member who continually posts dramatic, emotionally charged comments must go. They are either a forum troll or someone with emotional issues. Either way, the trouble they cause disturbs the group.

    Beware of suck-ups. Look for a member who tends to side with management on all issues. They email or IM group managers with "I just thought you should know about this" information about group members. This person can often present an "us-against-them" attitude when referring to other group members.

    Be aware of veiled comments. Part of the thrill for online troublemakers is hiding in plain sight. Look for comments that can have double meanings, with an author who acts perpetually innocent.

    Remember who is in charge. Online troublemakers often present themselves with an air of authority, as though they are group management. Remind such members that you are the one in charge. If they balk at management's authority, immediately remove them from membership.


    Once you've found a troll, deal with them decisively. The longer you wait, the more damage they inflict upon the group.

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    Good description Beau

    AF I'm with you on this one.. we have had our disagreements but a troll you are NOT and I still have respect for the members of this forum who don't lie, **** stir, and play people against each other to earn brownie points.. oh and then suck up to everyone *vomit worthy*.

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    Smile thanks

    Fair enough, I didn"t start this thread to cause trouble, honestly, I did not understand the proper meaning, now I do. Thanks. Also cleared a few things up for me as well.

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    Excellent post, Beau.

    I personally don't see the point in referring to anyone as a troll. I mean, I know there have been ppl come and go here who were described as trolls, but I don't call them trolls - I would think of them as what they are - troubel-makers and attention seekers.
    But I have also seen so many members immediately and IMO offensively assume a poster is a troll because they merely make a comment that is different, or perhaps ignorant, or strange, weird etc. That does not make anyone an immdeiate troll IMO, and I think ppl have to be more careful in giving the benefit of the doubt.

    Techically, a troll is a mythical creature who is huge, ugly and extremely dumb. Lol.

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    Troller

    essentially the best way to deal with a troll is to pretend like you never saw its post and ignore it completely. ie deny it attention. hence the comment "don't feed the troll".

    I do believe the original trolls used to eat people that crossed their bridge that they lived under. Forum trolls are sometimes stupid but sometimes extremely crafty and delight in the upset they cause. But it's only a troll. No point being upset or outraged - no matter how much they hit your buttons, it's not personal, mostly they don't know you. Just ignore. And on this forum you can report without letting the troll know - for quick removal.

    Trolls that do know you personally and deliberately post stuff they know will upset you are more like stalkers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Trolls that do know you personally and deliberately post stuff they know will upset you are more like stalkers.
    People actually do that?

    Isn't there some kind of law against someone doing that? I would think that would constitute as harassment.

    Mal, trolls are just idiots who you can usually spot a mile away. Ex: I saw a person post on a purebred dog form that they really wanted a purebreed scnoodle.

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    Lord I have had several people do that - including a couple here. "We know all about you" etc. My life isn't exactly a closed book!

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