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Hi everyone,

I've received some private messages recently from concerned users about a few users that create threads with the apparent motive of stirring up arguments. By and large, the majority of BLF users are friendly, easygoing folks, and I'd like to use this opportunity to personally thank each and every one of them for being that way. But every once in a while somebody comes around with a rude or provocative post. I'd like to re-post the instructions on how to deal with such situations to avoid an unpleasant, counterproductive argument that gets everyone riled up.

Thanks for reading!

Bumps and/or brief comments on this thread would be appreciated to keep it in the recent posts list for a day or two.


sb56637 wrote:

Hi everyone,

From time to time, a few rogue users find their way to BLF. They are not the typical users here who are generally friendly and helpful but from time to time have a bad day. Rather, they are malicious people who come to the forum with the sole intent of causing trouble. In Internet lingo, they are known as "trolls". So, how to handle trolls? Two simple points:

Please do NOT respond to them in any way, either publicly or by private message.

Please DO contact me immediately.

It's that simple. Smile Trolls do what they do because they are immature and like to get a reaction out of people. They will never change their ways if somebody with good intentions tries to counsel them. And they will get even worse if other users fight with them or insult them back. So, please try to use self control, and do not respond in any way, shape, or form.

Additionally, I will no longer make public posts about the banning of trolls, because even such negative publicity is enough to encourage them to try harder. But rest assured, the banning of trolls only occurs in rare and extreme cases, and there will be not be a sudden rash of secretive bans happening here on BLF.

Thanks for reading! Have fun.

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Edited by: sb56637 on 05/15/2015 - 11:41
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Thanks Sb..!

Can you give some examples?

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ChibiM wrote:

Thanks Sb..!

Can you give some examples?


I’d kind of prefer not to cite any specific cases, to avoid getting people riled up again. But in general, if a discussion gets heated and is centering on a person rather than a flashlight, it’s probably a troll thread. Smile

But each user and each post is different. I try to handle things on a case-by-case basis, with the goal of keeping the peace and minimizing the usage of bans and disciplinary action. So it definitely makes life easier for me when I receive a PM about a single rude or trolling post, instead of a PM about an entire thread that has turned into a war zone. As long as nobody responds in public to the rudeness/trolling, I can usually step in on time to minimize the damage.

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This is a very nice move.
I suggest to remove the ‘troll’ posts as deemed by you and allow the serious ones to remain. That can serve as a reminder to a troll that his post will never survive the light of day each time, and perhaps serve as a continual warning to stop such posts. Some might not like me to say this, but this type of action works in the ‘other’ side.

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Thanks SB for all your hard work. Smile

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What I sometimes do when a troll has caused trouble in a thread is to lock it and hide all but the first post. But that’s not necessarily to say that the first poster caused the trouble, but rather that somewhere in the thread an argument has erupted and I haven’t had time yet to dig through the details of how it all started.

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There was a genuine review of TET BESTEST CHARGER MONEY CAN BUY FOR $40. HOW DARE YOU CALL THIS A TROLL POST?
The responses of members in this thread was pretty epic. Nothing abusive. Smile

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I would ask all creators of new posts to make their subject line(s) as meaningful as possible. Me annoy subjects such as “flashlight” or “Help me with my mod” ect. If I want that I get as many answers as possible, one should be somewhat accurate, what it is about.

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Simple, there is no such thing as a good troll, imho

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On Being A Troll

 

 

I have nothing to add , on the whole

Causing chaos is my only goal

I'm not here to assist

And I only exist

For the purpose of being a Troll

 

You can't stop me when I'm on a roll

And your anger thrills me to my soul

I just laugh when you're pissed

Your opinion dismissed

It's just so much fun being a Troll

 

While I'm sitting here smoking a bowl

On your nerve-ends I'll now take a stroll

And while you shake your fist

I know you can't resist

Sure enough down my thread you will scroll

 

I can make things get out of control

Would you send me to Hell - no parole ?

Your rebuttals I've hissed

On your hate I subsist

Ah, the pleasures of being a Troll

 

So you wish I'd crawl back in my hole

And just stop my relentless patrol ?

I must prove that I'm clever

And so I will never

Relinquish my role    as a Troll

 

 

 

 

 

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As usual, JackTheClipper said it best! Beer From now on, that will be the official BLF policy used to define and identify trolls. Smile

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sb56637 wrote:
As usual, JackTheClipper said it best! Beer From now on, that will be the official BLF policy used to define and identify trolls. Smile

Winning. Thanks sb. Thanks JackTheClipper.

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well done JackTheClipper! Beer

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jacktheclipper wrote:

On Being A Troll

 

 

I have nothing to add , on the whole

Causing chaos is my only goal

I'm not here to assist

And I only exist

For the purpose of being a Troll

 

You can't stop me when I'm on a roll !

And your anger thrills me to my soul

I just laugh when you're pissed

Your opinion dismissed

It is just so fun being a Troll

 

While I'm sitting here smoking a bowl

On your nerve-ends I'll now take a stroll

And while you shake your fist

I know you can't resist

Sure enough down my thread you will scroll

 

I can make things get out of control

Would you send me to Hell - no parole ?

Your rebuttals I've hissed

On your hate I subsist

Ah, the pleasures of being a Troll

 

So you wish I'd crawl back in my hole

And just stop my relentless patrol ?

I must prove that I'm clever

And so I will never

Relinquish my role    as a Troll

 

 

 

 

 

Jack is the man!

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Jack and the Trollstalk, seven with one blow! Jack the Troll Killer!

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sb56637 wrote:

Bumps and/or brief comments on this thread would be appreciated to keep it in the recent posts list for a day or two.

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Ronin42 wrote:
Jack and the Trollstalk

Haaaa!! :bigsmile:

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In olden days, fishers of men, were never considered trolls. Now, fishermen in forums are trolling for bad instead of good. My, how times change.

Great job Jack. Bet you know some great limericks that you just can't share here.Wink

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Saw a girl in a broken-down truck

She was pretty , and down on her luck

So I gave her a ride

Then she dragged me inside

Boy did she know how to    cook

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She then asked me if I liked it rough

So I figured that I'd call her bluff

Well we had lots of fun

And when we were done

We had broken near all of her stuff

I was sure that she'd gotten enough

She looked great lying there in the buff

She came to and stormed off in a huff

Rolled one up and we both had a puff

I had worn all the hair off her    bearskin rug

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hmmm, was this issue related to the guy who prefers xmls rather than xml2s?
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breinrules wrote:
hmmm, was this issue related to the guy who prefers xmls rather than xml2s?

His two massive threads have been reduced to one post a piece, so I would say "yes".   Smile

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Hi, my name is Gary and Im a troll.

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BUMP! TROLL!

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Hey everyone!  My name is raccoon.

I like to call myself a "friendly troll."

And what i like to do is troll malicious trolls.

I'm starting to learn that this is the wrong thing to do.

And here's a little cartoon that shows why my actions are wrong.

(I would be the guy on the right.)

trolling_trolls

So, the next time I see malicious trolling, I plan to report it instead of making the situation worse.

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