They're called trolls.
Trolls like to call names, poke fun, make accusations, and generally cause havoc. They can raise your anxiety level, make you cry, have you hesitating before posting, or even keep you away from cyberspace altogether.
How can you spot a troll?
- They don't compliment--they only make negative comments.
- They may try to distract you from the topic under discussion by picking a fight.
- They don't add to the conversation--they are not there to help.
- They engage in personal attacks.
If you've done the things described above, you can consider yourself a troll.
What can you do with a troll?
- Ignore them (not feeding the troll). This is my new policy. I've tried to have an online conversation, find out individual concerns, work out a compromise, but these methods don't work because the troll is out to attack and disrupt--not find solutions.
- Thank them for their input and walk away (or pretend they're agreeing with you).
- Ask the moderator to block them.
- Take down the post.
What if you are the troll?
- Go find something productive to do--stop attacking people who may actually be trying to help others.
Have you had any experiences with online trolls?