Forum trolls…every forum has them. It is a fact of life that you’re not going to get away from. It’s kind of like death and taxes. However, just because they are a fact of life doesn’t mean you have to lie down and do nothing about them. There are things you can do about forum trolls. The main thing, however, is not to become one yourself. This article will explain what trolls are and what you can do about them.
A forum troll is essentially somebody who comes to a forum for the express purpose of causing trouble. That is their main function in life. They will, many times, make an off color remark, usually one that is totally ludicrous, and then sit back and watch the ensuing chaos. They live for this. Well, as a responsible forum member, aside from not becoming one of these yourself, there is something you can do about these trolls.
For starters, don’t feed them. In other words, when one starts a thread for the purpose of causing trouble, ignore them. Don’t respond to their ranting. If everybody would do this, the thread itself would have just one post…the troll’s. Eventually, the troll will get bored and leave. Yes, I know this is hard to do. You just want to take a club and bat these idiots over the head, but ignoring them is the best solution.
Next, report the troll to the forum admin. This will alert them to the problem and they’ll then be able to take care of them by deleting their account. Trust me, most administrators have absolutely no tolerance for forum trolls. As soon as you spot one and report it, it shouldn’t be more than minutes before the pest is out of your hair for good.
I don’t envy people who run forums. There are a lot of problems to contend with, forum trolls being one of them. But if we all do our part, ignoring them and then reporting them to the forum admin, we can help keep our favorite forum from turning into a house of vermin.
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