16 troll busting tips that don't work

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Best way to fight trolls

Los Angeles, CA

#4 May 11, 2014
Don't be a paranoid self absorbed narcissist

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#7 May 11, 2014
Hi Ginny.. I can tell this comes from your heart and it has some very good points...the problem. I see here..is. A lot if the regs enjoy continuous sparring with the trolls..its a cat n mouse game.. They pull others into the cat n mouse..nosy neighbors get involved..there is also an unbalanced attitude here that if you don't get along with some/argue with someone you are labeled a troll.. I find myself asking..except for a handful few...who are the real trolls of TopixUSA? The ggrey box slimeys? Or the rregularswho never obsess?

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#11 May 11, 2014
mean streets wrote:
<quoted text>Hmmm...I think you know full well it's a combination of both. There are certainly some old-time regulars who are whoreible (see what I did there?) trolls who also go gray and troll even their friends. Then they sign back into their usual profile and PM their victim/friend and say: "You know who did that??? It was _________! That's who!!" Pretty basic stuff.
lol

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#13 May 11, 2014
ginny wrote:
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People are very uncomfortable with hurt feelings and your “crying” about them will not elicit the response you seek. Keep your hurt hidden, stay a brick wall. Walk away from the computer if they have gotten to you.
Seven: Mocking. This is when it gets ugly, but is needed sometimes for stubborn, professional trolls. Mock them, they cannot stand it, and it shows them that you are as adept in their tactics as they are.
Eight: Ignore them. When trolls keep posting hateful crap, when it gets the most ugly, ignore these comments. When they get really mean, you know they are putting their “all” into it, and your ignoring these comments will drive them the most crazy. I have likened it to a game of tennis. If they hit the ball to you and you do not return it, there is no game. They don’t get the perverse pleasure they seek in getting to you.
Nine: The LOL. Learning the different meanings of lol (laugh out loud) are important when dealing with trolls. Lower-case “lol”, shows humility – important – it shows you are not being “preachy”. In the example above, adding a lower-case “lol” to “No dude, I didn’t do it, lol” helps to better convey your meaning, as strange as that sounds. It works.“Lol” is used for stronger emphasis and best used on its own.“No dude, I didn’t do it. Lol.” Its stronger so use it carefully. Upper-case LOL means the full out “laugh out loud”. This is used in mocking the troll. When the troll says something ridiculous, sometimes the best thing you can reply is “LOL”. And leave it at that.
Ten: Back up other posters they are attacking. Back up is important with stubborn trolls, don’t just defend yourself, defend others. Agreement is a troll tactic, they often work in pairs, agreeing with each other. We can do that also.
Eleven: Persistence. Trolls have all day and night to post away, and will and do. You need to stay on them, not just make one comment and leave, you need to debate with the troll to turn the argument into your favor. Time is something you can use in your favor, take time off, make the troll wait for you, don’t reply to every comment of theirs, be selective, reply to none sometimes. Talk about something completely different. That puts you in control.
Twelve: Love. Trolls are human beings, as mean, ugly and nasty as they get. Do not hate them, your hatred will only hurt you, not them. You need to see beyond the front they are putting up, into their humanity and always remember it. It can be called on, especially with trolls you are countering for a long time. But do not use it early on, do not try to “win the troll over” too soon. That will not work. Only keep it in the back of your mind and in time, it can be possible to break through and find your common humanity. I have made friends with some trolls who used to troll me.
Thirteen (related to the above): Reconciliation/Understanding. Trolls are often hot-headed people and say hurtful things quickly, often have short tempers, have been hurt themselves by hurtful words and are lashing out. Its important to distinguish between a troll that has a good person underneath and a malicious hater, because one of the most under-looked but important tools in troll busting is Understanding. It is possible to make peace with someone you do not agree with, to find common ground and this is often very productive.
Beware of biases in yourself, understand that there are going to be people you don’t agree with, don’t make every disagreement a cause for combat. Laugh off minor insults, don’t be too grmmmph!ly. Again, stay calm, don’t get angry.
Fourteen: Keep your replies as short as possible. Your reply to the troll is what they will base their “ammo” on for their attacks. The more “ammo” you give them, the worse it is for you. Keeping your replies as short as possible gives them less to work with and nails your point more efficiently.
Chick..BITE ME!!! TROLLS RULE!!

“Smokin' Hot'n'Feelin' Groovy”

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#14 May 11, 2014
Troll Blocker Won't Work Without Ad Blocker,...

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#15 May 12, 2014
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#20 May 12, 2014
first thing is to stop trying to bust a troll.
u cant win,
simply because - You are not a troll, ur a normal human being who doesn't get ur jollies off of harassing others.
therefore - no can win that game there.
lol

best to train urself to not give a crap what trolls have to say, if it ain't true and u know that, that's really All that counts.
be true to urself and don't let a troll turn You into a troll..
interested

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#22 May 12, 2014
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#23 May 12, 2014
I don't understand what a 'troll' is and I don't understand why people can't post without using so many 'profiles'!
interested

Huntington, WV

#24 May 12, 2014
Spirit67_ wrote:
I don't understand what a 'troll' is and I don't understand why people can't post without using so many 'profiles'!
Have a talk with yourself and your socks then let us know. Thanks buck I'm mean spirit
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#25 May 12, 2014
Spirit67_ wrote:
I don't understand what a 'troll' is and I don't understand why people can't post without using so many 'profiles'!
Grow up!!!

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#26 May 12, 2014
interested wrote:
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Have a talk with yourself and your socks then let us know. Thanks buck I'm mean spirit
I'm sorry, but I am not 'Buck'! I am me and that's it....I think you should let us all know how it works and why does one need more than one profile??? That's when the 'multi personality' thingy comes in....it's just all so strange!

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#27 May 12, 2014
interested wrote:
<quoted text>Have a talk with yourself and your socks then let us know. Thanks buck I'm mean spirit
Hey can you tell me and others who don't no. Who is Buck!! Ive seen others talk bad of this Buck who is it Thanks

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#28 May 12, 2014
Spirit67_ wrote:
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I'm sorry, but I am not 'Buck'! I am me and that's it....I think you should let us all know how it works and why does one need more than one profile??? That's when the 'multi personality' thingy comes in....it's just all so strange!
That's Right..SYBIL and her Web of Deception... PITY the Poor FLY..; (
interested

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#29 May 12, 2014
Bezeer wrote:
<quoted text>Hey can you tell me and others who don't no. Who is Buck!! Ive seen others talk bad of this Buck who is it Thanks
Buck is a figment of the frogs imagination. Go to spirits birthday thread or the self absorbed one he usually comes to its defense about some guy it fantasizes about named Donald. Spirit also thinks anyone new or anyone that disagrees with it is this "Donald" character . I think spirit is perfectly normal and is putting on a show in my opinion????

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#30 May 12, 2014
interested wrote:
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Buck is a figment of the frogs imagination. Go to spirits birthday thread or the self absorbed one he usually comes to its defense about some guy it fantasizes about named Donald. Spirit also thinks anyone new or anyone that disagrees with it is this "Donald" character . I think spirit is perfectly normal and is putting on a show in my opinion????
He doesn't come to my 'defense', why lie??? Yeah, keep thinking he's not a real person....I knew if I said, I'm logging off, you idiots would come out of the woodwork!
LOST IN MISSISSIPPI

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#31 May 12, 2014
ginny!

where ya been girlfriend?

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#32 May 12, 2014
interested wrote:
<quoted text>Buck is a figment of the frogs imagination. Go to spirits birthday thread or the self absorbed one he usually comes to its defense about some guy it fantasizes about named Donald. Spirit also thinks anyone new or anyone that disagrees with it is this "Donald" character . I think spirit is perfectly normal and is putting on a show in my opinion????
Thanks for the knowledge some times is messed up trying to work things out best to ask the people who have the answers thank you for your time and knowledge
interested

Huntington, WV

#34 May 12, 2014
Bezeer wrote:
<quoted text>Thanks for the knowledge some times is messed up trying to work things out best to ask the people who have the answers thank you for your time and knowledge
I don't claim to have all the answers. Thanks for the compliment though ... However I do know about spirit. I reached out to it when I was new to this site and ended up being attacked by it and it's personalities. Be careful out here in topix land. But,,,,, I'm sure u already know that. Have fun reading and make sure to get a good laugh or two in the process.

“A Time for laughter and ...”

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#35 May 12, 2014
QUOTE who="ginny" Wrote: Or.....Why I really suck at this

Ginny, is that really you? PESCreate Alias Sock here and I've missed
seeing you around. I've been reading a couple of your blogs, though I'm
really new to visiting such sites. Wish I'd been more observant when you
were close by. Gosh, the time flies and you've been gone for some time now.
You and that other guy. Hmmm *chuckles ;)

Your title says 16 that don't work??? You've listed 14 here. Believe it or not
I've had a good number of interesting stories since you left in a good number
of other forums. My last computer got eaten up so I lost all my contacts there.
Be interested in sharing a bit more with you more private like if possible and
Topix didn't object of course. They've still got you pretty much under wraps, Eh?
Couple of the real bad apples managed to get back out here in profile and I can't
help wonder if you will again. This visit sure was a surprise.

Peace and Wish I were near the beach with ya.:)
~~T

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