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Pfft (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400388)

Sounds pretty gay.

FUck off! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400398)

Fucking fucketty fuck fuck.

Re:Pfft (4, Funny)

Kell Bengal (711123) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400420)

What exactly do you mean by "gay"? We accept you here, no matter your orientation. I agree, sometimes the artical can sound gay. Perhaps we can meet an accord?

Re:Pfft (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400468)

An accord? Now that's a gay car -- and it's the kinda car Hitler would drive if he were around today.

Re:Pfft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400496)

The kind of car Hitler stood behind was a Volkswagon. Which I agree, it is kind of flamboyant. But he isn't around today, for very good reasons.

Re:Pfft (2)

webmistressrachel (903577) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400524)

What good reasons would they be? The fact that he'd be a crotchety old sod by now, or the fact that lots of people think he did bad things? Maybe it would be better if he were around today. I guess we'll never know...

I claim best troll on this article. Everyone else might as well just troll the next article. I just well and truly Godwined this one...

Re:Pfft (2)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400596)

No, it would be because Volkswagen was originally founded in 1937 by the Nazi trade union [wikipedia.org], the German Labour Front (Deutsche Arbeitsfront).

Re:Pfft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400522)

pff.. he means what he said. 'gay'. as in said behavior is akin to homosexuals who are filthy vile people who should be executed.

Re:Pfft (2, Funny)

thr13z3 (214476) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400632)

If I may.

  I do believe that the sentiment that Pfft is trying to convey is that OP most likely is a big faggot.

Note that this is my personal interpretation.

Re:Pfft (4, Funny)

M8e (1008767) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400484)

Why do you feel that this approach is pretty gay?

I think it's somewhat gay. But what make you think that it's pretty gay?

Re:Pfft (1)

cpscotti (1032676) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400870)

Because gay people tend to find things "pretty" even if they are not easily judged on its beauty. E.g.: "What a pretty color", "The prettiest baby I've ever seen"(Everybody knows babies are all the same). [citation needed]

Re:Pfft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400540)

Sounds pretty gay.

Why do you feel that this idea is so bad? What do you find wrong with it?

Amazingly straight forward, non-aggressive reply (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400762)

Just kidding. I posted pinky pie
http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/1471/539060friendshipismagic.png

Re:Pfft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400776)

Your face is pretty gay.

Sounds pretty gay.

Re:Pfft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400782)

NO YOUR GAY! YOU STUPID TROLL. :-) I still like the old school method. BAN Anonymous Coward! Someone punch this Anonymous Coward in the face.

Re:Pfft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400856)

How does that make you feel?

(I say, sick Elisa on the trolls.)

Depends (4, Insightful)

Kittenman (971447) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400416)

Treating them like an adult ("why do you say that Windows is a load of pigs' livers?") will maybe get them to respond to the question in an adult-sense (come back, Eric Berne...) but life's too short.

Just don't respond, add them to your ignore list and do something more productive.

Re:Depends (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400474)

Treating them like an adult ("why do you say that Windows is a load of pigs' livers?")

Sounds like the OP is suggesting we respond to trolls with Eliza [wikipedia.org].

Re:Depends (4, Funny)

moonbender (547943) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400526)

Sounds like the OP is suggesting we respond to trolls with Eliza [wikipedia.org].

Please go on.

Re:Depends (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400768)

The funny part is, not even an Eliza-style response would be a cure. How many of us have sworn at the Eliza program just to see what would happen? :-)

Re:Depends (1)

turgid (580780) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400556)

Yes, and emacs has that built-in.

Re:Depends (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400882)

Why do you think it sounds like that?

How do you feel about it?

Re:Depends (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400480)

I get them banned from forums then get their ISP to terminate their account. I'm not here to make an adult out of them. In fact they serve a useful purpose in getting government control of the internet.

Re:Depends (0)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400724)

I get them banned from forums then get their ISP to terminate their account. I'm not here to make an adult out of them. In fact they serve a useful purpose in getting government control of the internet.

Yeah, riiiiiight.

Tell us another one.

ISPs don't terminate accounts for trolling. Cyberstalking, yes ... trolling, absolutely not.

Re:Depends (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400846)

Of course, that's why I have to reroute the bitstream through a phase inverter, backhack them, and download kidde porn so it looks like they did it. Then call their ISP and get them terminated.

Re:Depends (3, Funny)

amirulbahr (1216502) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400518)

Why do you say that we should not respond and just add them to our ignore list?

Re:Depends (1)

NFN_NLN (633283) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400754)

Why do you say that we should not respond and just add them to our ignore list?

No no, lets give this technique a try before you dismiss it.

douche> God created all things through intelligent design and evolution is a farce.
me> Creationism does have.... errr.. it's merits... I can see how the spontaneous creation of everything makes for a nice tidy explanation. But doesn't this raise more questions than it answers. Such as, where did the creator come from, where did he go... ahhh !*(&^@# it.... you're a moron.
douche> God created all things through intelligent design and evolution is a farce. ...
douche> God created all things through intelligent design and evolution is a farce.

Re:Depends (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400808)

Why do you say that we should not respond and just add them to our ignore list?

(Nice try ... but here's a better response ...)

Because they're living in the past .... What is this ignore list you speak of? Isn't usenet dead?

Sounds like the pentagon - always preparing to fight the next war with the previous wars tactics.

Come to think of it, time to update that to include the "War on Drugs", the "War on Poverty" and the "War on the Middle Class".

Re:Depends (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400546)

Exactly. Why the fuck am I going to waste my time coddling some waste of flesh . . . and bits?

Re:Depends (3, Interesting)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400624)

Actually, while trolls just want attention and so it seems correct to ignore them, they'll always bait someone who'll feed them - unless you're in a community where the moderators actively punish the responders just as much as the troll (I know a few) where the avg poster is conditioned to report and ignore.

So, otherwise, it may be a good tactic to be a calm first responder. However, don't debate them or get angry. Trolls want a response, ignoring them might tick them off slightly, but engaging them w/o them getting a rise of you really pisses them off. It's their version of getting cockblocked.

Re:Depends (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400638)

Fundamentally, this approach depends on the fact that you're dealing with a sincere twelve-year-old (or equivalent) -- that their posts reflect their serious beliefs, and the inflammatory wording is just a superficial problem. In short, it's for dealing with flaming assholes.

Genuine trolls, OTOH, have disruption as their goal, and they will choose both their wording and the position they express to that end, rather than any desire for a sincere conversation. Trying to discuss it rationally wastes your time in any case, and if you're lucky, it pleases them; more likely, your attempt at rational discourse doesn't even offer them satisfactory disruption, so they'll ignore you and respond to those replying with flames.

Since a sincere flaming asshole can be indistinguishable at first glance from a troll, I can't see the point bothering with either of them. Unless you're bored and willing to come down to their level for a little entertainment and to let off steam -- I find myself doing this once every couple months or so. Yeah, yeah, I know, it clutters up the discussion for everyone else, too, so I feel kinda bad, but wth, it is my night, and my right.

Re:Depends (2)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400842)

Genuine trolls, OTOH, have disruption as their goal, and they will choose both their wording and the position they express to that end, rather than any desire for a sincere conversation

That's a rather over-broad assumption. You might decide, for example, that the most effective way to demolish the other side's argument, and cut through all the misleading crap they're spouting, is to troll them.

Attempting to reason with idiots on their level never works - they just drag you down to their level, then beat you with their greater experience at being stupid.

Besides, sometimes we NEED disruption, to help shake us out of our complacency, or re-examine our underlying assumptions.

Re:Depends (2)

dov_0 (1438253) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400710)

Treating them like an adult ("why do you say that Windows is a load of pigs' livers?") will maybe get them to respond to the question in an adult-sense (come back, Eric Berne...) but life's too short.

Just don't respond, add them to your ignore list and do something more productive.

I agree. The approach in the article might work for some trolls, but only those who have an agenda related to the topic being discussed in some way. Goatse trolls. How do you respond to that? "Yes, it's ok you like stretched arseholes and bowel lining. Thank you for sharing?!?!" Or anti-semitic/racist comments? Seriously, 'don't feed the trolls' is still the best advice in most cases.

Re:Depends (1)

marcello_dl (667940) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400854)

yep, TFA confirms:"On the Internet, don't be right - be smart."

of course, I think TFA is wrong, I say outtroll `em.

Shitcock! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400430)

Now make me feel good!

Re:Shitcock! (0)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400502)

I would recommend rinsing off the feces with a nice warm bath and soap and water.

Re:Shitcock! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400716)

Bah, let the slut clean it up with her mouth!

Re:Shitcock! (0)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400750)

I would recommend rinsing off the feces with a nice warm bath and soap and water.

I would recommend rinsing off your face with a nice warm bath in my steaming hot jizz.

Re:Shitcock! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400844)

The GIFT strikes again!

goatse (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400450)

That anus is impressively enlarged. Thank you for sharing it with us. What made you first think about posting it on slashdot?

Re:goatse (4, Funny)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400820)

That anus is impressively enlarged.

The anus is a metaphor. A metaphor for the security (or lack thereof) of the website where it ended up on. Ya know, "big enough to drive a truck through"...

Thank you for sharing it with us.

You're welcome!

What made you first think about posting it on slashdot?

I thought geeks might be interested in seeing that SQL injection still works...

By 'troll' they mean... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400454)

... somebody who is winning an argument with a liberal...

The word 'troll' is used by people who are losing an argument, as simple as that. I see it all over the internet. Somebody posts something logical, factual, which proves the original poster wrong (and normally his little 'clique' of groupthinkers who also participate in the thread) and they are immediately called 'a troll', as if that makes anything they have said untrue.

Quite simply, most people are incapable of unbiased, rational thought, and will go to any length to maintain whatever belief system they have adopted. Hence their desire to silence opposition.

One wonders how their minds work - when they KNOW they're wrong, yet insist they're right. Truly incredible.

Re:By 'troll' they mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400470)

Excellent trolling, my good sir.

Re:By 'troll' they mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400492)

And if I turned around and said something like "only a black person would say that", I wouldn't be trolling, but giving you an argument that you cannot win?

Re:By 'troll' they mean... (1)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400528)

I would turn around and reply that maybe he knows a lot of black men at a very personal and intimate level, and would seem to be quite the expert at the social bearings of around them.

Bravo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400570)

you have chosen to call yourself an Anonymous Coward and I could not agree more with your decision to do so.

Re:By 'troll' they mean... (0)

VynlSol (1687610) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400590)

Sadly, my psyche has been assaulted by your pathetic mewlings before, Anonymous Coward. By the way, that oozing pustulance coming from behind your ears isn't your brain leaking out, it's just oozing pus. I've seen bums, playing with the maggots gnawing on the flesh inside their herpetically-induced, open heroin sores, who present more of an aura of cleanliness than you do. Jesus Fucking Christ, take a shower occasionally!

Your first sentence... (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400658)

Your first sentence gives it away. Deliberately inflammatory, likely to provoke a response -- thus, troll. In fact, three out of your four paragraphs are dedicated to insulting people you disagree with -- only one paragraph might have a point that's not inherently trollish.

If what you say is both logical and factual, surely you can provide some evidence for it, right? Shouldn't be too hard, if it's "all over" the Internet.

Practicing (5, Funny)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400464)

You suck!...

Kinda...

Eh, actually you're not so bad...

In fact you're kinda cute...

Wanna go out tomorrow night?...

Nervous?.. Yeah, a little

First time?... No, I've been nervous lots of times

Shlomi Fish sucks donkey balls (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400482)

Submission is retarded fag!

Depends on the Troll origin (1)

arivanov (12034) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400508)

The assumption is that a troll has mood disorder so cognitive therapy works.

1. That assumption may be wrong. Some trolls genuinely believe that they are right and will troll so that they can express their righteous beliefs. Reasoning with them is pointless because they do not listen to the voice of reason. They believe in something religiously and will troll for a chance to proselytize. So they are not trolling for flames, they are trolling for listeners.

2. Even if it is right, life is to short. Dealing with a mood disorder through cognitive therapy, psychoanalysis or any other similar technique requires the patience of a python and all the time in the world. Most of us have none of that.

Re:Depends on the Troll origin (1)

illaqueate (416118) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400644)

Actually cognitive therapy shows why it won't work. The change in cognitive therapy comes from a process through exercises to change thoughts, question beliefs, alter maladaptive behaviors.

If you imagine beliefs people have as reinforced by a web of other beliefs trying to find a middle ground will run into a million excuses why the original position is right. The troll (who often has no clue they are a troll) won't change their opinion in the moment - their beliefs will change gradually then they will act as if the new position was what they believed all along. The worst trolls have personality defects or don't get out enough to have social skills.

The attempt to use intelligence is more likely to defuse the original intention (to make themselves feel better or superior through antisocial behavior)

The Office (1)

Missing.Matter (1845576) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400532)

Reminds me of how Phyllis tries to deal with Angela in "The Office."

Angela Martin: [to Phyllis] "Lunch Party"? It's supposed to say "Launch Party." What's wrong with you?
Phyllis Lapin: [it cuts to a talking head segment] Angela has been worse than usual lately, and we have a party to throw, so I googled "how to deal with difficult people." And I got all of this.
[she holds up a few sheets of paper with information]
Phyllis Lapin: So we're gonna try out some new things today.
Phyllis Lapin: [it cuts back to the office] How do you feel about the fact that the banner says "Lunch"?
Angela Martin: I feel angry. Angry at you. Angry at you for doing something stupid. Angry at me for believing you could do something not stupid.
Phyllis Lapin: [Phyllis looks down at the sheets of paper] I'm so sorry to hear that. That must be awful.
Angela Martin: It is awful. You've made this day awful.

Just Do It My Way (5, Interesting)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400542)

... develop a strong sense of self-worth & recognise that someone throwing profanities at you who has never met you is entirely unimportant.

Get over that, then you can have fun baiting them, reeling them in, playing with them a while, then throwing them back when you're bored.

Re:Just Do It My Way (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400598)

Congratulations, you're now a troll too.

Re:Just Do It My Way (1, Insightful)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400660)

Exactly. Real trolls don't need to resort to profanity.

Besides, you'll never convince a fanboi, whether it's Windows, Apple, Ubuntu, or Neocon, so why not have some fun with them?

Re:Just Do It My Way (2)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400862)

I really must impress upon you that my inability to use profanities is not down to any self-control upon my part but a genetic disorder of extreme magnitude.

Therefore, you, sir, will refrain from this utter stubbornness and placate me somewhat with some words of ancient Anglo-Saxon derivation that I can at least appreciate but, unfortunately, not return in equally profane volleys of poor diction.

I sit here in repose in utter misery, my heart desiring nothing more than an infrequent gift of an ability to use punctuation entirely incorrectly, to not begin sentences with capital letters & to curse like a merchant seaman.

Oh woe is me!

The care and feeding of Trolls (1, Insightful)

foolish_to_be_here (802344) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400548)

One mans troll is another mans hero. All to many times I hear the cry of "troll" and sure enough out come the torches, pitch forks and mod -1 Troll, well before anyone has properly read and moderated the post, only to have someone with mod points save the comment from obscurity. Care must be taken to not completely silence discussion. BTW what ever happend to my mod points?

Re:The care and feeding of Trolls (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400774)

troll

Naive. Usenet would have eaten this guy alive. (2)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400554)

The article is a troll.

First, contrary to TFA, this has zero to do with cognitive behavioral therapy.

Second, it won't work with an experienced troll. Either don't feed them, or feed them a brick to the face. But if they're that experienced, both approaches will fail.

Third, recognize that there are "white hat" and "black hat" trolls.

Fourth, one person's troll or flamebait is another person's insightful.

Fifth, take it for what it is - whether it's the use of rhetoric as a debating artifice, a way to expose stupid arguments for what they are (because it's easier to troll an idiot than it is to educate them), or just another form of entertainment.

Sixth, people who go nuts over YHBT YFI HAND are the real trollbait.

Seventh (1)

petes_PoV (912422) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400816)

Never argue with idiots. Apart from the risk that onlookers won't be able to tell which of you is the idiot, they drag you down to their own level and beat you with their superior experience. (Plus, the internet never forgets: ref. onlookers)

Trolls? (5, Interesting)

Chrondeath (757612) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400568)

The author seems to be using "troll" as a term for "someone posting in an inflammatory manner," but I thought "troll" specifically referred to posters doing it to get a rise out of people. Responding in a reasonable manner isn't going to help if the other party isn't interested in taking the conversation seriously.

Misdirected advice (3, Insightful)

pavon (30274) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400582)

The approach he gives is good for preventing disagreements from turning into flamewars, but it is worthless and even counterproductive for dealing with real trolls. Reading the article he seems unaware of the fact that people who troll do it simply to get a rise out of people. Any response (even a calm boring one) just gives them another opportunity to respond, which increases the chance that someone else will eventually bite the bait.

If someone really is trolling, then ignoring them is the best thing to do. Having moderation systems to keep them out-of-sight out-of-mind will help with people who can't control the urge to feed the trolls.

Finally, while it is sometimes hard to tell the difference between a troll and and an angry rant, I don't have any problem treating them the same in general forums. When talking with people that you will see again (like work, friends, family, or development mailing lists) and you know they genuinely disagree with you then it is worthwhile to keep the peace and follow the suggestions here. But on a random discussion forum, "if you can't be civil you will be ignored" is good policy IMHO.

I've always done this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400592)

Not even trolling.
Not really much else to say here.

Most trolls just give up after a while of doing this.
Only the really persistent trolls keep going and going.

Then you get the trolls who think that getting any reply, no matter what it is, is them winning.
These people are just idiots. Feel free to troll them back because half the time they don't even realize.

Don't feed the troll (1)

snookiex (1814614) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400608)

That's the best way to go. Playing psychological games with an idiot is just a waste of time.

Re:Don't feed the troll (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400684)

That's the best way to go. Playing psychological games with an idiot is just a waste of time.

Yeah? Could you go into more detail?

Depends on the food. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400720)

That's the best way to go. Playing psychological games with an idiot is just a waste of time.

Or what?

Ignore them?

Some folks get off just posting crap regardless if it's ignored or mod'e down - a few years ago there was some ACs posting GNAA shit. They stuck around for quite while: ignoring them didn't work. They were always mod'ed to -1, but yet, they kept coming for a while.

But then again, a Troll to one is satire to another or someone putting an aggressive point for another - which is par for the course on an internet discussion site.

An example: For years, folks have been pointing out the short comings of Apple developer model and some of the short comings of their products. They were almost always mod'ed as Troll and attacked. And yet, many of their criticisms are now accepted here - after years.

Or another one that's a huge bugga boo here on Slashdot: the F/OSS software and business model. Don't be criticizing that!

The GPL? Oh God! Better have a lot of karma for that one!

I have just poured hot grits down my pants (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400628)

I have just poured hot grits down my pants

danger trolls: do not feed. (5, Funny)

mevets (322601) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400640)

1. What do you mean by feeding the trolls? I'm sure you don't really want them to starve to death.

2. I agree with you that it is difficult to have to put up with trolls. I hope, however, that the inner-tubes are big enough for everyone; maybe we can work together to find a nice bridge for the trolls to live under. It may seem a bit harsh, but if we fed them a few goats now and again, maybe they will feel better about themselves and move on to greener pastures.

3. If we can keep the trolls from offending us, then cyber-area can benefit from the diversity. I saw a documentary once where even an Ogre - I know they are different from trolls, but they share some common disagreeable characteristics - befriended a donkey, and they seemed to have a genuinely witty banter and joie de vivre. I read in the newspaper that the Ogre recently even married; so there is some possibility we can live together.

yeah, I guess it kinda works.

Perfect example of why you are all idiots... (-1, Redundant)

xmousex (661995) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400682)

and are now posting in a troll thread.

because everyone involved here has NO idea what a troll actually is.

it's not troll, like some sort of tolkien monster, you idiot.

it's troll as in baiting people into reacting to idiotic posts designed to spark fighting and stupid behavior, often to get conversations off topic and kill a thread. you know how you troll up and down the river dangling bait and hoping that something bites. that is trolling. the above article treats the topic like we are fighting monsters here. the key difference is that debate is useless.

if you debate, you took the bait, end of story.

the correct response is no response.

quit posting in troll threads.

I suspect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400722)

All the comments here will leave the real trolls behind.

Troll = someone who disagrees with groupthink (4, Insightful)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400728)

The definition of "troll" has changed. It used to be, back in the good old USENET days, a troll was someone who intentionally took an outrageous viewpoint, purely to generate responses and enjoy the excitement of being in the center of attention.

Now, "troll" is anyone who disagrees. I've seen some pretty bad abuses on other forums, where someone advances a reasonable idea that doesn't dovetail with the way the group prefers to perceive reality, and is instantly labeled a troll and banned. The trend is self-reinforcing over time. Result: groupthink. The meaning of "normal" gets distorted as the goalposts move farther and farther away from the world outside the forum. This is especially jarring when these folks move out to a mainstream forum like Slashdot and nobody shares their preconceptions.

You can see it in the linked article, the author's examples such as "You are on a Vim channel" - who the F spends time on a "Vim channel"? Himself and his tiny group, I'm sure. Jeez, the guy bought and is reading a self-help book called "Feeling Good"...obviously he has major life problems that the rest of us consider lameass Stuart Smalley territory "I deserve good things. I am entitled to my share of happiness. I refuse to beat myself up. I am attractive person. I am fun to be with." OMG TROLL -1

Perl (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400732)

I see the Python vs. Perl stuff in the article, but why was this posted under Perl?

Sounds familiar (0)

JockTroll (996521) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400758)

A loserboy nerd once tried this approach, by going all Gandhi on us hoping to prevent the savage beating he rightly deserved. So instead of beating him up and shitting on his face, we decided to humor him: we kicked him in the groin and threw him into a dumpster. Day after day, we would kick him in the groin and throw him into a dumpster. After about three days of being kicked in the groin and being thrown into a dumpster, he erupted into an incoherent bawl like all loserboy do when they feel they are unjustly harassed. At this point we beat him up and took a dump on his face.

So you "cure" one, then what? (5, Insightful)

petes_PoV (912422) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400760)

Then another pops up. And another and another.

Trolls have been around for as long as individuals have been communicating online. From what I understand, they're essentially lonely, attention seeking people. Even if you do engage one in dialog, what then? All you're doing is feeding their addiction. There are just too many of them to warrant trying to help them all (and trying that may point to bugs in your own personality, too)

No, the best course is to killfile them or use whatever options your forum implementation has to achieve the same results. You don't raise your signal to noise ratio by trying to negotiate with the noise, you just filter it out and try to make sense of what remains.

"So what" approach is best. (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400786)

"So what" is the best method. troll expects strong reaction. when people react in that way .... well, try it.

Oh, I disarm them alright.. (2, Funny)

sstamps (39313) | more than 3 years ago | (#35400804)

Then proceed to beat them to death with said arms.

I find it particularly therapeutic and cathartic.. for me, that is. The trolls don't generally survive the encounter. :)

disempower deceptive censoring 'owned' blogs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400824)

gently, of course.

bips; /. corepirate nazis WOULD remove limbs (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35400876)

in order to protect their facade/shrinking money source.

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