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Why I Don't And Won't Engage Internet Trolls

Popularity 17Viewed 4239 times 2015-5-22 10:47 |System category:Life| Internet

It has been a long time that I have even thought about Internet trolls. Some recent events have prompted me to revisit the reasons I don't engage such people.

First, let me define what an Internet troll is. This is the definition given from, a widely used and respected resource for the English language. It defines a troll as one who, 'posts inflammatory or inappropriate messages or comments online for the purpose of upsetting other users and provoking a response.' Usually these people have little to say of any value to others and simply have made it their aim to attack others who do have something of value to express to the world.

They are quite easy to identify. They've been around for as long as forums have existed on the Internet. They often will hide their identity, position themselves as authorities, are new to a certain forum and will always have something negative to express. Let's face it, it is far easier to attempt to sound like an authority when you are fighting against something rather proposing new ideas and having something beneficial, original and intelligent to say. They see forums as a place to debate and act out their own frustrations and inadequacies.

I don't engage such people simply because I consider it a waste of time. I keep my focus on bigger purposes and don't get my thrill out of debating people online. It is a waste of my time and an emotional investment that I don't choose to make. I value my time and try to invest it wisely. They have the right to post whatever they want. It has nothing to do with me (except in their minds). I do utilize features offered on every blog or social media platform in deleting their unproductive comments and trolling activities. I have extensively used Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, QQ, Weibo, WeChat, Blogger, Blogspot and various other social media and blog sites. All of these give the blogger/poster the right to delete comments that they deem unproductive and block people they perceive as trolls. They provide these features for a reason. I, for one, with no apologies, use them.

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Michael is the author of the transformational book, Powerful Attitudes. He is a professional educator, an educational consultant, an author. He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. He enjoys playing guitar and writing poetry. He loves China.


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