|The Fremont Troll lives under a bridge in Seattle. |
He has captured a Volkswagen.
Graphic from Wikipedia.
At my nuclear advocacy blog, my recent post Defeating the Trolls has developed an interesting and informative comment stream. People are sharing their anti-troll strategies. I urge you to visit the post and join the conversation!
The marks of a troll
Let me emphasize that not everyone who disagrees with you is a troll. Trolls have a specific way of interacting. Within my post, I describe the three marks of a true troll:
- Repetitive posting
- Repetitive links
- Must have the last word in a thread
Many other types of bad behavior are just...bad behavior. For example, not everyone who is insulting is a troll, though some trolls are also insulting. (This actually makes it easier to deal with those trolls.)
A major strategy for neutralizing trolls is to shift the conversation from a discussion of their claims to a discussion of their behavior. Read more about dealing with trolls at the post, and also in the blogging and Facebook chapters of my book, Campaigning for Clean Air.
True trolls are difficult to deal with, which is why I am happy to see such a good discussion on my blog post.
Please join the conversation!
I hope you will go the Defeating the Trolls post at my advocacy blog, and join the conversation on anti-troll strategies.
As I often say, we are not alone in our pro-nuclear advocacy. We can help each other. We can share strategies. Let's do it!