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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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valencourt
Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:15 pm
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Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:40 pm
 

Trolls and Stalkers

Val - There is only one person that has claimed that this blog is dedicated to him. That person is, in fact, wrong.
Then by all means DO tell where all these cut and pasted posts came from and who posted them. You seem to want to hide behind the saying "trolls or stalkers identity removed to save them from embarassment"...

Or is it YOU who needs to save yourself from the embarassment and claim to be the helpless victim?

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.

This is an interesting statement. It appears that you are quite jealous that these trolls and stalkers have friends to aid them but you appear to have none at this time. Could it be that your friends see your impending implosion and don't want to be around you when it happens, or could it just be that they don't want anything to do with this BLOG and the possible repurcussions that it may bring...hmm?

Val - Why would I be embarrassed by the words of trolls who were used as examples? That's rhetorical; there is no reason to be embarrassed by the words of others - that is a reflection of themselves.

As for my "impending implosion"; sorry that is not going to happen. I am not angry nor do I hate anyone on this message board. I do get frustrated with a couple posters but pity them rather than hate them. First you opine that it appears that I have no friends; then you say that my friends are avoiding me - regardless if I have friends or not - I do not control where and when other posters leave messages. They post where and when they please as do I.

As for repercussions - that can take several forms. If you are talking about ostracism that is everyone's choice - but I have not been ostracized from any thread.


 


valencourt
Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 3:23 pm
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Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:01 pm
 

Trolls and Stalkers

Lioness. Thank you.

The last few Penguin games have been thankfully bereft of the trolls the last few weeks. It's nice when we can have nice conversations with the other fans.

I will continue letting folks know when it is Beer Time! Wink



Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:49 pm
 

Trolls and Stalkers

You are my hero !  Bravo!



BEER TIME!  



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:36 pm
 

Trolls and Stalkers

In My Opinion:

Davido, I don't know you and after reading your two blogs, I'm not willing to waste my time in getting to know you.. All you're doing is creating animosity, adding fuel to an already lit fire.
Val - It is my loss that you don't know me and don't care to try. 

How is this blog NOT disruptive? You're posting words that others have written (You are continuing to stir the pot), to gain what exactly from it, a pat on the back?  Does it make you feel better knowing your being disruptive? (of course as long as its done here and not on the B&G makes it OK......right?)
The beauty of the blog is that you do not have to come here - it is completely voluntary. It is good that the negativity is not posted on the "B&G", or the Say What You Will, or for any thread on the boards unless it is a slam thread that the participants agree to like the "Make Something Up About the Person Above You".

You should seek some professional help, unless you just have too much time on your hands and are not willing to let things go...    
Not sure what prompted you to come here; but it is your choice. I post on many threads and those folks welcome me; nothing for me to let go of.

You are a good advocate, hope you listen to all sides of the story.




valencourt
Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:20 am
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Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:45 am
 

Trolls and Stalkers

and you dedicate a blog to a poster who you caim is stalking/obsessed with you??

pot calling kettle................hmm??? Undecided
Val - There is only one person that has claimed that this blog is dedicated to him. That person is, in fact, wrong.




valencourt
Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:44 pm
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Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2012 10:17 pm
 

Trolls and Stalkers

A troll that just likes to disrupt threads. This is the kind of person who was too wimpy to play high school football but talks big on the internet.

February 12, 2012 8:50 pm

 

I just read my few posts from today

To reaffirm how utterly pathetic you really are?

I've been watching Sevens more and more, Davido and I think it will hit.

Credibility ZERO......you are agreeing with a self admitted know nothing about sports.

Of course another poster calls his out as a troll for continuing to disrupt threads.

February 12, 2012 8:59 pm


Raven................why do you have to bring that CRAP in here ÉÉÉÉ...
.........WHY,ask yourself that question.



Is it Gasoline on a FIRE............



Let it go and take it across the street............PLEASE...........


...you are very boring.    &nbs
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