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1 Romantic Heretic  Feb 5, 2015 11:26:25am

I really enjoyed that. It’s so good to see at least one person who took a good look at himself, didn’t like what he saw and decided to change for the better.

As the author stated repeatedly in the article, “What sort of a person do you choose to be?” Too many chose to be bad people then claim it’s because ‘freedom’. But freedom does not excuse a person from their behaviour.

2 Jayleia  Feb 5, 2015 12:07:11pm

I’m…a bit of a reformed troll, and my arc is much like his.

I had two main reasons for quitting that. One is, yeah, I got into a better place, mentally. Second was a guy tried to post my name and address…and got it wrong, and then he did again, and got it wrong again (shades of the Ginger Avenger).
And I realized that might have costs to other people beyond making the targets feel bad (though, the nitwits I dealt with, I really had no sympathy for, and still don’t).

3 dog philosopher  Feb 5, 2015 5:40:20pm

Don’t feed the trolls

oh, sometimes i enjoy playing with trolls

4 EiMitch  Feb 5, 2015 8:16:48pm

“Don’t feed the trolls” wasn’t bad advice. Its just dated, that’s all.

“Trolls” used to be kids with expensive toys messing with people for the lulz because what else are they going to do. They’re the online equivalent of the punks who’d leave flaming bags on your doorstep. Ignoring them denied them the amusing reaction they sought.

And while that kind of troll still exist, “trolls” has since come to mean “groups of anonymous a-holes with an agenda to ramrod down your throat.” They won’t go away. They’ve got a motive, apparently no conscience, and no fear of the (toothless) consequences. Its a far, far safer way to shut people up than picking up a gun or building a bomb. In other words, they’re chicken-hawk terrorists.

The definition of “troll” has changed. So must how we deal with them. We need better tools, and lawmakers/law enforcement who give a damn.

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