How to effectively deal with an internet troll
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How to effectively deal with an internet troll
This is a study in the actions of internet trolls and the influences behind what they do. Internet trolls harass people on the internet for a variety of reasons scaling from simply wanting attention to expressing pain from a severe mental illness. No matter the reasoning for the trolls' actions there is really only one effective way to deal with such characters on the internet: don't feed the trolls.
I have some YouTube videos on the internet that have gotten some mostly positive feedback, but there is always that one person that comes to ruin the party. Choosing to ignore a troll takes away its purpose. If a person is desperate for attention and will do as much as writing hurtful statements on the Facebook page of the memorial of a dead child, then the best course of action is not to give them any fulfillment.
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The Worst Internet Trolls Might Be Mentally Ill

The Worst Internet Trolls Might Be Mentally Ill | How to effectively deal with an internet troll | Scoop.it
So, this billy goat goes trip-trapping across a bridge. As he clops along, he hears a voice from down below: "Roar! I am a troll! If you cross this bridge, I'll gobble you up!
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This interesting article links scientific studies to the behavior of internet trolls. While some trolls harass others just for fun or out of boredom, others may have significant mental illness issues that contributes to their actions. Someone who has been bullied, emotionally scared, or any amount of other conditions may be subject to expressing their sorrow at the advantage of others. The anonymity is always key to trolling, resulting in no consequences.

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What makes a troll tick? You can ask Dr. Troll - NBC News.com

What makes a troll tick? You can ask Dr. Troll - NBC News.com | How to effectively deal with an internet troll | Scoop.it
Whitney Phillips hunts trolls. For the past four years she's watched them on forums and Facebook, studied patterns in their behavior,...
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This article touches on the role that anonymity plays in the games of trolls. Anonymity is key to the actions that trolls take as there are no consequences if no one knows who you are. The difference between trolls and just some asshole on the internet is that trolls enjoy their roll and have it down to a science.

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What is a Troll?

What is a Troll? | How to effectively deal with an internet troll | Scoop.it
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This article give one of the best definitions and methods of action of the troll that I came across. The method: simply ignore the person; don't feed the troll. The fact that most trolls are between the ages of 14-21 says that most are either high school bullies or those that the bullies are picking on looking for a way to retaliate. Trolls are simply children acting like children and should be treated as such.

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How to Stop Caring About Trolls and Get On With Your Life

How to Stop Caring About Trolls and Get On With Your Life | How to effectively deal with an internet troll | Scoop.it
You see them everywhere you go on the internet: anonymous users with nothing to say but rude, off-topic, or annoying comments aimed at making you angry.
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Until I read this article, I didn't really put together the meaning behind the word "troll". I feel pretty dumb now that I realized it is a fishing reference. Apart from that, this article really does the best job of summing up how to deal with a troll. His motivations are simply to get attention from people on the internet that are trying to have an intelligent conversation by interjecting with some nonsense to get a reaction. Simple solution: don't feed the trolls.

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The Art of Internet War: Tips On How To Combat a Troll!

Trolls have been a topic of many Internet conversations; some very friendly, others not so nice. It's not a huge secret that the average intellect cannot stand the presence of a troll in their message boards...
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This article reveals an effective way to handle dealing with an internet troll. These steps seem that they could be effective because they are logical, the only problem is that trolls are not logical. Trolls are relentless and feed off of attention, so the best course of action, in my opinion is to not even acknowledge the existence of the troll.

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Dealing with Internet Trolls - the Cognitive Therapy Approach

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You have probably heard various opinions about how to deal with people who write insulting or provocative remarks on various Internet forums (also known as "trolls" or people who "flame").
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This article suggests confronting trolls in a logical, calm, and civil manor. These methods may work on some trolls, but not on seasoned trolls. Good trolls will attack whatever you say, no matter how logical or civil. It is the purpose of the troll to take something logical and civil and turn it into something rittled with smut. It's just like trying to bargain with a schoolyard bully, they only do it to get a response and attention.

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