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    Interesting article on internet trolls

    Yesterday three Foo threads were locked because of a troll whose motivations of course are difficult for normal people to understand.

    The Sunday NYT Magazine has an interesting article on internet trolls:

    The Trolls Among Us

    I still don't understand why some people enjoy being a--holes.

    However, I'm not necessarily in favor of banning trolls. The best way to deal with known trolls is to ignore them; but of course it's impossible to get a whole forum of people to ignore a troll, some people just can't resist, and that's what trolls feed on.



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    Quote Originally Posted by carbonlife View Post
    Yesterday three Foo threads were locked because of a troll whose motivations of course are difficult for normal people to understand.

    The Sunday NYT Magazine has an interesting article on internet trolls:

    The Trolls Among Us

    I still don't understand why some people enjoy being a--holes.

    However, I'm not necessarily in favor of banning trolls. The best way to deal with known trolls is to ignore them; but of course it's impossible to get a whole forum of people to ignore a troll, some people just can't resist, and that's what trolls feed on.





    Yeah, interesting article.

    What's funny is trolls are not unlike terrorists, the kind that always wear scarves over their faces. If they are so danm proud of what they do, you'd think they would show their real identity.

    What I don't get is how the admin/mods here can't figure out that a troll is using a sock puppet until someone reports it. Shouldn't they be able to trace the origin of the sign on, or whatever (not exactly sure what terminology to use here) as soon as the puppet is established ?
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    Has anyone else noticed that 47 is a magic number?

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    So you're calling me a troll? a--hole



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    Because we start with the assumption that a poster is innocent until proven guilty. Once we start to suspect though, we do start to try to identify the sock puppet users main account. Once we have that, we give them the opportunity to choose, and after that, if sock puppets are repeated, it's a permanent ban on all the ID's of the member.

    We actually hate banning people and will try to bend over backwards to not have to do it.
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    I really like the writing of this article. Quite a bit of stuff I didn't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Because we start with the assumption that a poster is innocent until proven guilty. Once we start to suspect though, we do start to try to identify the sock puppet users main account. Once we have that, we give them the opportunity to choose, and after that, if sock puppets are repeated, it's a permanent ban on all the ID's of the member.

    We actually hate banning people and will try to bend over backwards to not have to do it.
    Thanks for the insight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuzzbox View Post
    So you're calling me a troll? a--hole

    Not you, silly.


    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Once we have that, we give them the opportunity to choose, and after that, if sock puppets are repeated, it's a permanent ban on all the ID's of the member.
    "Hey, what do you have against sock puppets?!"


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    Quote Originally Posted by carbonlife View Post
    Not you, silly.




    "Hey, what do you have against sock puppets?!"

    Sock puppets suck.

    Now, scratch my belly.
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    Has anyone else noticed that 47 is a magic number?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Because we start with the assumption that a poster is innocent until proven guilty. Once we start to suspect though, we do start to try to identify the sock puppet users main account. Once we have that, we give them the opportunity to choose, and after that, if sock puppets are repeated, it's a permanent ban on all the ID's of the member.

    We actually hate banning people and will try to bend over backwards to not have to do it.

    god knows we don't want you bending forwards!

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