Trolling in the deep

27 Dec

On a weekly basis, I come across trolls. It’s part of the territory of being online in a public domain. They tend to stick to the fine techniques they’ve had since they were 6, calling people fat and ugly. They generally hide in the anonymity of the net, behind fake photos and names. They’re the weakest and most pathetic type of bully and they’re well aware of that.  In all reality, these aren’t the type of people you’d be terrified of if you met them on the street. On facebook, you’ll see their real faces a bit more. A lot of the time I’ll just screenshot their insults and email it to their employers. I’ve had a few mortified employers email me back informing me that the troll got the sack. So if you think being an asshole online wont ever bite you in the arse, think again. On twitter however, it takes less than a minute to create an account, and it’s easier to hide your identity. Most twitter trolls have multiple accounts that they use to ‘back eachother up’. They seemingly think nobody will notice that they’re all the same person. Here is a prime example of this:

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Massive thanks to @jaxaox for backing me up after this guy (who is all the same person) started trying to talk smack about my 5 year old. Yes, trolls are that pathetic that they’ll pick on children, because they know that in all reality, there is nobody who feels threatened by them. If making fun of a little boy is something that brings you joy in life, it really illustrates how desperate you are for human interaction, as stooping that low often gets a rise out of people.

The thing is, you can’t let these guys upset you. They’re weak little halfwits who hide in the shadows, lurking, looking for someone to be nasty to.It’s the only way they know how to interact with anyone, because more often than not, nobody that knows these people in real life actually likes them, which is why they’re assclowns online. Feel sorry for them, laugh at their stupid taunts, but whatever you do, don’t take them seriously. Every time you let yourself emotionally rant back at them, they win. They want to see you upset, but they hate it when their insults are water off a ducks back. Either block them, or have a bit of fun winding them up. You are not helpless to them. Stand up for yourself, protect yourself, don’t let a stranger on the internet who can’t even show their real face tell you anything bad about yourself. They don’t know you well enough to have a valid point, simple as that.

Have you had any crappy experiences with trolls? What did you do?

 

One Response to “Trolling in the deep”

  1. Joost De Cock (@j__st) January 5, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    I have, but I won’t go into detail. Don’t feed the trolls is my mantra :)
    That being said, fuck ‘em all. And why I do believe we shouldn’t all sign away our right to privacy, I do think it’s somewhat shit to ‘hide’ behind a screen name.

    As was written in ‘How to become a hacker’ (*) long before that word was distorted by the media:

    “The problem with screen names or handles deserves some amplification. Concealing your identity behind a handle is a juvenile and silly behavior characteristic of crackers, warez d00dz, and other lower life forms. Hackers don’t do this; they’re proud of what they do and want it associated with their real names. So if you have a handle, drop it. In the hacker culture it will only mark you as a loser.”

    Yes, if you’re blogging about human rights in China, you have all rights to hide your identity and please do. Much the same if you’re a whistleblower and something similar.

    But if you want me to take your opinion serious, that opinion better comes with a name.

    At least, that’s how I feel :)

    (*) http://www.catb.org/esr/faqs/hacker-howto.html

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