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Not My Proudest Moment

I really lost my cool, didn’t I?

I’m not sure how many of you saw the very angry post I made yesterday. It was about a regular troll who was not only starting to seem more like a stalker but had started harassing my son on his blog. Well, I totally lost my cool in that post, and I’m not exactly proud of how I handled myself. I’m not ashamed, I’m just not proud, if you see what I mean.

The post is gone. I’m not comfortable having something that harsh on my blog. Besides not being very proud of it, I don’t want to expose my readers to so much hostility. I would also like to apologize to anyone who was offended or made uncomfortable by it.

I don’t make apologies for posting my views here, but that particular post didn’t fall under the heading of ‘my views’ . I was fuming because someone attacked a child — and more specifically, my child— simply because he failed to get a rise out me any other way. I realize that I gave him exactly what he wanted by responding the way I did, but then again, it’s very difficult not to react when someone goes after your child.

I should also let everyone know that I have blacklisted the little stalker; you should also know that he has started following links from here to other blogs I read and comment on. He might start off acting friendly and seem quite normal before he blindsides you. He might also find posts that I have commented under and immediately start taking shots at me. It depends on what kind of rapport he thinks I have with the blog owner, I guess.

I’m not going to use his name here because he gets some kind of narcissistic thrill out of it, but if you start having trouble and suspect that it’s him, feel free to contact me. I will send you all the information I have on him so that you can add it to your blacklist as well.

Again, I apologize for the outburst. As passionate as I am about a lot of things, the way I reacted was not how I like to conduct myself. I hope no-one was put off enough to stop reading here.

Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you will continue to do so.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Internet Trolling – What It Isn’t

The term “troll” gets thrown around quite a lot, especially on high-traffic blogs and discussion forums. At least half the time, in my experience, it’s not even accurate. So what is an internet troll anyway?

An Internet troll, or simply troll in Internet slang, is someone who posts controversial and usually irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum or chat room, with the intention of baiting other users into an emotional response[1] or to generally disrupt normal on-topic discussion.[2]

Wikipedia

Notice this does not define trolling as posting something controversial which happens to provoke an emotional response. The difference is intent.

All too often, participants in online discussions carelessly accuse others of trolling when it is clearly not the case. Many times, the accusation is in response to something which is clearly on topic that simply makes the accuser uncomfortable or angry. That is not trolling. Having an emotional response does not mean you were baited into one, and disagreeing with someone, however strongly, does not make that person a troll.

But why does this even matter? Well, for someone who genuinely attempts to make meaningful points only to be dismissed as a troll, it can matter a lot. On high-traffic discussion forums where there is often an cliquish atmosphere, accusations of trolling can be particularly damaging to the credibility of newcomers. And when administrators jump on the name-calling bandwagon, it only compounds the problem.

So why do people do it? Why do some people cry “troll” at the drop of a hat?

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