Thursday, 23 July 2009
I wouldn't think I would have to tell you this, but it seems some people have yet to grasp the concept. In a recent post, someone trolled and I really didn't appreciate it. This person will obviously try to pass me off as mad because he had such killer arguments, and I'm just mad because he disproved me and my friends, but it's not that at all. If you've followed me for any length of time you'll know that I encourage discussion and even if it leads to me being disproved than I'll take it because I'm out to learn and not necessarily prove that I'm always right.
Discussion is when someone asks a question or makes a statement to a fellow blogger, not even necessarily the host, and the fellow blogger answers the comment and begins talking in civil terms about the topic. Keep in mind, while discussing on a third party site, that they may not appreciate fifty comments coming from two people, so if it gets too long or the host asks you to leave than be sure to take it elsewhere. I personally don't mind if two people want to discuss for as long as they want on my site as long as they are keeping things low key and aren't using profanity, but some bloggers are not like me. Just be courteous and always keep in mind those around you.
Trolling is when a person comes to a fellow blogger's site and sees a topic they don't like, proceeding to comment the host, usually including profanities, with strong words and a sharp tone. They than decide to come back systematically and monitor the post making a harsh reply to anyone who agrees with the host, even if they made no reference to the troll in question. The troll makes comments and digs toward the hosts' friends such as saying they're out of their minds and they have no intelligence and even encouraging users to stay away from certain bloggers they don't agree with. What are trolls like this thinking? We have yet to determine that, but they certainly have not proven anything, even if they had valid points to begin with, except the fact that they have no courtesy and desire to be blocked.
I have only ever blocked one person in my time on xanga, because she was being absolutely unreasonably obnoxious and said some exceptionally rude things to a few of my close friends, but I am very close to blocking this user. It's alright to come to a site and make some valid points and disprove the post, but to come back again and again for the purpose of attacking every commenter? That's beyond me.
Should I block the user or give them another chance? Have you ever been trolled?