Internet Troll: One who posts rude or offensive messages on the Internet to disrupt discussion or to upset its participants. They delight in sowing discord on the Internet by starting arguments and upsetting people.
Recent conversations with a few bloggy friends led us to the conclusion that a lot of people in the bloggiverse who, perhaps due to naivete, newness to blogging, or simply because they’re inherently bitter rude people have been leaving aggressive comments putting people on the defensive and many a little upset. The term for such people is trolls of whom there are various types.
Though trolls are as unique as falling snowflakes, common characteristics include: fake names, never ending comments, never backing down until you give up, refuse to follow social etiquette, immune to reason or respect. As this article says: Trolls see the Internet as convenient venues for their bizarre game. For some reason, they don’t “get” that they are hurting real people. To them, other Internet users are not quite human but a kind of digital abstraction. They feel no sorrow whatsoever for the pain they inflict. Indeed, the greater the suffering they cause, the greater their ‘achievement’ At the moment, the relative anonymity of the net allows trolls to flourish. Trolls are utterly impervious to criticism (constructive or otherwise). You cannot negotiate with them; you cannot cause them to feel shame or compassion; you cannot reason with them. They cannot be made to feel remorse. For some reason, trolls do not feel they are bound by the rules of courtesy or social responsibility” (thanks for the link Tee)
Ofcourse having a blog means that some people will leave rude, vicious, hateful comments, and such people will often insist “if you can’t take the heat leave the kitchen” or some other variant of freedom of speech argument. But this link said well: while we may have the right to say more or less we want, we do not have the right to say it wherever we want. You may feel strongly about the fact that your neighbour has not mowed his lawn for two months, but you do not have the right to berate him in his own living room. Similarly, if a webmaster tells a troll that he is not welcome, the troll has no “right” to remain. This is particularly true on the numerous free communications services offered on the net.
Though occassional disagreements are a part of life, and must be expected, rude and combative discourse is not acceptable in “real” life nor online. Each blog has an audience of people and most people read the blogs of those who interest, intrigue or touch them in some way. Shabana said it very well: If you go to someone’s living room and start knocking the china off the mantle and taking muddy shoes everywhere, you will get kicked out. If you start insulting me and my life and my choices, you will get kicked out without a moment’s notice. Likewise with this blog. This blog is not a space of free speech where you should be able to say whatever you want, no matter how outrageous. This is a space I maintain for connection, for uplifting of spirits, for positive expression, for sharing good things. There are many reasons to blog. It’s definitely not about subjecting myself to nastiness.
I will never understand how some people have such free time to read blogs of those they look down upon but this link explains why people troll: Regular net users know how delightful it is when somebody responds to something they have written. It is a meeting of the minds, which is an intellectual thrill, but it is also an acknowledgement of one’s value — and that can be a very satisfying emotional reward.Trolls crave attention, and they care not whether it is positive or negative. They see the Internet as a mirror into which they can gaze in narcissistic rapture.
How to deal with a troll? The experts on the sites I shared on trolls say: The only way to deal with trolls is to limit your reaction to reminding others not to respond to trolls. And finally Shabana said it very well in another post: “You will spend 10 minutes typing the comment and it will take me a second to hit the delete button. Hopefully, during the time you type, some other person in your life will be safe from your negative energies”
All of this is ofcourse my opinion, my views. This is my place to express them. You may disagree and its okay as long as it is done with respect and if its not under psuedonyms and aliases I will listen and respond. However, if I find your “opinion” offensive I will remove it and the judge of its “offensiveness” is me. Like Shabana said if you have the right to be hateful towards me, I have the right to click delete.