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Trolls and Stalkers

Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:37 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 8:33 am
 

This entry is not directly focused on sports but more on posters that choose to disrupt threads on CBSSports.com

There are many adjectives that could be applied to these folks the nicer ones being trolls or stalkers. They have many methods to gain some kind of perverse pleasure in angering or drawing others into losing their tempers or getting warned. There are some threads that are dedicated to slamming one another which is okay - you get what you ask for. Unfortunately, these trolls do not limit their bile to these threads instead they stalk people on sports threads or off topic threads where people just want to have good natured banter.

Some trolls have banded together and gang up on individual posters. Some posters try to combat them using their own methods but usually this is a futile effort since they have not invested the time to study the terms of service so closely they know how to use them to their advantage.

The trolls also communicate to the message board administrators so that they can have warnings removed or to lobby to get other posters who respond to their taunts and baiting in trouble through warnings.

These trolls rely on the bully mentality of ganging up on a poster. I’m sure many of you have witnessed this type of infantile behavior. The trolls rarely can stand up on their own in a tit for tat but rely on numbers to hound their prey. The trolls also use multiple ID’s which is permissible under the terms of service but provides them two advantages. One is that they can have multiple reports issued against an otherwise innocuous message and secondly it spreads out the warnings they do receive over a number of ID’s so that they can avoid being banned.

The most insidious trolls are those that befriend regulars on a thread in order to strike at others. Once a victim responds, the trolls will then cry foul and enlist the aid of their new found friends. However, one their hypocritical behavior is discovered they turn on their new friends that had just been defending them.

Gutless behavior by persons who have low self-esteem that want to drag people down to their level.

Known Trolls and Stalkers need not respond to this entry - your messages will be removed if deemed offensive.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT


Managing Troll infestations
1. Ignore trolls whenever possible.
2. When ignoring does not work, report persistent trolls to the admins.
3. If warnings/bannings do not work; engagement may be necessary. (see 4-7)
4. Honesty is the best policy; do not lie or exaggerate - stick to the facts.
5. Acknowledge inadvertent compliments with a thank you - take the high road and be objective.
6. Admit if you make a mistake or commit an error - the facts are your friend when engaging a troll.
7. Be alert that the trolls will lie or use omission and will attempt to paint you as a troll - persevere and be patient history and the facts are on your side.
8. Go back to ignore mode. Make sure the trolls are not on your favorites list - leave the stalking to them.
9. Always remain patient. Trolls are pathetic creatures that merit pity not anger.

Hope this helps those of you with a troll infestation.

Veritas vos Liberabit

 



















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Posted on: December 23, 2011 4:59 pm
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Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Trolls and Stalkers

The trolls and stalkers have taken notice of this blog. It is obviously bothering them since they are now engaged in their practice of running to the administrators when they are exposed.

These trolls and stalkers, I don't need to identify them - we all know who they are always complain that they are just having fun and that their words don't hurt anyone. Obviously my words have hurt them since now they are clambering with to send messages to adminsitrators to complain.

I find it funny that they are such hypocrites and will continue to expose their methods and posts.





Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 1:36 pm
 

Trolls and Stalkers

Another method that trolls and stalkers use is what I call thread denial method. The trolls infest a particular thread and violate requests of the long term posters of the thread.

One example is an off topic thread that the regulars use for friendly chat sometimes even talk about sports. One of the regular posters passed away earlier this year. In honor of her, the regular renamed the thread and request people to use that as the title.

The trolls and stalkers first created ID's mocking the death of the person. After much harrassment the admins began removing and banning these hategul ID's. The rolls and stalkers have now began a pattern of harrassment by consistently changing the title of the thread to pester the regulars who are trying to honor their dear friend.

Of course, the trolls and stalkers have not violated the letter of the terms of service, but have managed to upset a lot of people. A number of friendly posters no longer post at this off topic thread since they are tired of the harrassment and bickering. The trolls and stalkers have the advantage here since there is nothing that prohinits their freedom to post on the thread so they are able to continue dishonoring a former cbssports regular who was loved by many.





Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Trolls and Stalkers

Here is the handiwork of one gutless troll. He loves to dish out insults at other people but is very thin skinned. He posts on a thread where people are supposed to be able to say whatever the want - that is unless it hurts his feelings.

We got engaged in a mild exchange but he usually depends on some of his friends to help him - none were posting any support. He quickly disengaged since he was losing the argument - here was our final exchange:


The troll disengages:
I gotta run now..

and my response:

and he runs away again - guess he did not have his buddies here to protect him. It is always better to be able to stand alone  and stick up for yourself othr than to rely on stronger personalities or running to the admins. But it is what it is. See you, hope you feel better.
Nothing dramatic - but the troll was embarassed and asked the admins to have this message removed from a thread where you are supposed to stay whatever you want.


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