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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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Comments

Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:52 am
 

Trolls and Stalkers

An amusing exchange among one band of trolls. This particular group has been going back and forth over whether to ignore this blog which is about trolls and stalkers:

1. A whelp troll opens up the exchange by unwittingly acknowledging that he is a troll by brazenly trumpeting his pride in being described in "Trolls and Stalkers".

December 28, 2011 3:01 pm


Strike up the band....we made it as another entry on Davido's BLOG.

We are famous.

2. Another troll admonishes the whelp to "leave it alone."

 

December 28, 2011 3:19 pm

DAVIDO...still with that crap..not worth reading ...leave it alone

3. Another troll agrees.

December 28, 2011 3:21 pm


I agree KAKA, he spent Christmas on here, 'nuff said.

 4. The whelp troll, who must be the runt of the litter, falls into line with his more sophisticated brethern - "...he actually thinks everyone reads it."  LMAO. I know at least one troll that does.Laughing

December 28, 2011 3:23 pm


The funny part is he actuall thinks everyone reads it.....the poor fellow is in need of a friend.

This whelp was probably a little too gung ho and excitable for the stronger trolls in his pack. He craves their attention so is quick to follow their direction - you can almost see his little troll tail wagging like mad.

Of course, after being embarrassed and dropping me from his favorites list, he added me back on. He cannot control himself and although he would like to avoid reading and mentioning this blog in other threads - doubt he can control himself - just like the little puppies that piddle themselves when they get a little attention.



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Trolls and Stalkers

Thankfully, some trolls and stalkers were decent enough to either avoid posting during Xmas or at least toned down their bile. One stalker troll did attempt to have the administrators shut down this blog since he considered the descriptions a "personal attack". Now that xmas is over, the trolls are starting to show their true colors once again.

This troll was stupid enough to demand that the administrators issue me a warning and delete the blog. He further threatened to contact his attorney if the administrators did not carry out this action immediately. This was of course dismissed out of hand and the offensive message was summarily deleted.  Just another troll that likes to dish it out - but has to run to the admins when they get their feelings hurt. Pitiful really.

Well, we have covered some of the tactics used by trolls and stalkers:

1. Multiple ID's.
2. Thread denial
3. The "Eddie Haskell"
4. The "Bret Favre"

Another tactic is banding or what I'll call the "seven dwarves" method. Most trolls are very weak personalities that do not have the courage to face others on their own. If caught on a thread while trolling they will PM some cohorts to help them engage a poster. These trolls have the most bluster when one of their friends can encourage them and help gang up on a solitary poster who is often just calling out their behavior.  Most decent posters may just go silent and wait the trolls out until they get bored and go away. However, there are some persistent bands that will stick around and use the Eddie Haskell to suborn some good natured posters into unwittingly supported their band. These trolls will often give their group a pet name; and make a big deal of who is and is not a member of their pathetic group. The bottom line is that it is just a group of weak-minded personalities that feel emboldened because they have other like minded trolls to encourage and support their negative behavior.







Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:46 am
 

Trolls and Stalkers

We don't have to beat around the bush here. Let's just name names. Tigergreg, *sportschick*, Bastyd, Bob, just to name a few.Surprised



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:16 am
 

Trolls and Stalkers

Can I troll this blog?

LOL
Sports chic, you can troll this blog all you want, amazed that you were even aware of its existence since I do not call attention to it on the threads. LOL

Just don't say anything too offensive or it might get deleted by the administrator!  Innocent





Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:01 am
 

Trolls and Stalkers

Can I troll this blog?

LOL



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 9:13 am
 

Trolls and Stalkers

Eugene - I will keep preaching on. One troll that will remain anonymous, to save him the embarrassment, has demanded that the admins remove this blog and that I be warned for making a personal attack against him. He actually threatens to contact his attorney if these actions are not taken. This is a person that regularly calls other persons by name drunks and idiots. Ironically, this particular troll likes to tell innocent posters who complain about the insults he and his friends make that these are just words and don't hurt anyone.

I do not identify any trolls in my blog unless they choose to leave a message here and I respond to their inane posts- this person has chosen to consider this blog about trolls and stalkers to be about him personally. He must have a guilty conscious since he turns general descriptions written in the third person into a first person admisssion of being a troll.

You hit it on the head Eugene -
If you dish it, then you should be able to take it without having to run to mommy aka the Administrator.

My advice to all trolls and stalkers that are so sensitive that they take these words as a personal attack - drop me from your favorites and do not read this blog - this blog talks about trolls and stalkers and if you do not like the fact that your actions match the behaviors described in this blog  - then maybe you should consider altering your ways.

Hope all are able to enjoy the coming new year.



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2011 11:35 am
 

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.
Davido13 preach on. The trolls that I despise the most are the ones who come onto a game thread even though their team was not involved the game spews their stupid comments, gets offended when they are challenged and called a dumbarse (and that is me being my best and compliant within the Terms of Service policy which I don't have time or patience to read through) and has the administrator delete the posts. If you dish it, then you should be able to take it without having to run to mommy aka the Administrator.



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: December 24, 2011 7:39 am
 

Trolls and Stalkers

One of the trolls was pulling an Eddie Haskell last night. He may have been sincere at the moment he wished certain folks merry xmas but trolls tend to be bi-polar and that will soon be forgotten. Hopefully, if he actually does have the season tix as he claim, he will not get too drunk and ruin his families xmas eve.





Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 9:50 pm
 

Trolls and Stalkers

One of my stalkers had been sham,ed into dropping me as a favorite but now has added me back so that he can track my posts easier. He used to use otyher members of his "crew" to hide the fact that he reads every single message that I post seeking an avenue to have the post deleted by administrors or to try to ridicule its content. Really pathetic behavior but to be expected by someone that dwells under a bridge.
... and poof the stalker reads this message and then drops me from his favorites. LOL







Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 8:54 pm
 

Trolls and Stalkers

You clowns really made a statement having my post deleted without a warning claiming not to be warning trolls. Totally pathetic.  OWNED!
A pathetic post. The entry blog plainly warned trolls and stalkers that any offensive material would be deleted. Thankfully this was the case, I don't care to know what type of filth this person was spewing.

What is ironic is that this poster is a regular at a thread called Say What You Will Bar & Grill. The opening entry states in part:


Well pull up a stoll, have a drink, play the juke box and don't be affraid to speak your mind. Talk sports, talk food, talk about anything you want without fear of being warned or banned by the mental midgets of olefolksville.

Everyone is welcome regardless of age, race, creed, religion or sexual orientation.

Welcome to the Say What you Want Bar and Grill.
Of course this is designed to lure people in unaware that certain posters will immediately report people that engage them in banter tohe  administrators.  Part of this is their endgame, they like to slam people and preferably get them warned. The other part is that these people are truly thinskinned and can dish ot out but cannot take it in kind.

These trolls and stalkers have an easy way to avoid being aggravaterd by the blog - simply don't read it. However, they want to some how "win" ala Charlie Sheen so cannot let go. One of my stalkers had been sham,ed into dropping me as a favorite but now has added me back so that he can track my posts easier. He used to use otyher members of his "crew" to hide the fact that he reads every single message that I post seeking an avenue to have the post deleted by administrors or to try to ridicule its content. Really pathetic behavior but to be expected by someone that dwells under a bridge.



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