Re: [CF] Trolls
- --- In CarFree@yahoogroups.com, Steve Geller <stgeller@c...> wrote:
> >Now I've heard of trolls, but I'm not sure exactly what is meant
> In the context of email lists, a Troll is one posts his messages on
> any list, with no regard for relevancy. The Troll thinks his
> subject is of interest to everyone.
> Troll messages should be immediately deleted. Never reply to a
> or acknowledge them in any way; they probably don't read repliesanyway.
> Most Trolls are output-only.TF: I think you're describing spammers, not trolls. Even
CyclingFieldofHonor has deleted spammers. Trolls, on the other hand,
_do_ often enjoy reading a response. They buy a popcorn, tune in to
their opponents' favorite yahoo groups, and do a search of their own
name hoping to enjoy watching the response to their latest
counterattack (or sometimes, even _more_ satisfyingly, pin-drop
silence, which they take as an indication that they'e won their
Here's my advice from having dabbled in the above methodology myself
on the lists that _Jym_ embellished the tale of my piddling number of
posts on (and he embellished the tale more than I thought - I re-read
them and there was _no_ mention of any book-signing): If you can't
resist mentioning a troll's name, then at least replace some of the
letters in it with asterisks. That way, they don't find their name
when they're doing a search of it, and this enables everybody to turn
off their computer and go do something more worthwhile.
- Tom Frost Jr.