Yup, there are trolls on hubpage forums.
The goal of a troll is to make the 'victim' lose his/her cool. Then the troll is won. According to a recent study, trolls really are nasty people. They want to humiliate, embarras, belittle,, etc. They don't have any friends and are jealous people.
They have several methods for doing that, and the more subtle they are in getting their jibes and digs in, the greater their win.
So, here's how they do it. They ignore what has actually been said and keep hurling accusations at you. They twist what you have said and make it mean something else. They ignore your comments at crucial moments. Again their goal is to inflame or belittle.
To quote a troll ""It just makes me happy when I can make someone angry. It sounds weird but I kind of feed off their anger. The angrier I can get them, the better I feel," he told news.com.au." (https://goo.gl/cegJr8)
Trolls enjoy the infamy popularity that is given to them. Why would that be?
To quote "Controversy, anger, hatred, and baseless flaming breed popularity. ... (http://www.dedoimedo.com/life/guide-trolling.html}
Why would trolls who belittle and set out to anger other people be popular?
A study published a few days ago says that 30% of humanity are jealous of other people, and they want, above all things, to be superior to other people. People who enjoy the belittle of other people fall into this group, so they enjoy trolling.
When has the troll lost? When he is exposed as a troll.
Report trolls to hp editors and they quickly get rid of them.
Thanks for the heads up.
Yes, it is true. There are trolls here. But aren't they everywhere?
PS: Here's a hint (picture) for everyone who doesn't quite know what a "TROLL" looks like:
Reporting them is the only way to get rid off them.... for a short while I guess....
One more thing about trolls:
They don't give up. If they can't bait you with insults and negative comments they'll throw a compliment at you just to get your attention. When you bite, they'll proceed with cleverly manipulating the conversation in the direction they had always intended....
Trolling is against the HubPages rules, so if you see people engaging in this behavior (whether you're part of the conversation or not-- and we recommend not engaging trolls) please use the report function to report the trolling comments in order to make the moderators aware of the issue.
If I were to email you via Team HP would you reply?
I am no longer working on the Team emails, but you will absolutely get a reply from one of the moderators.
That, for me, is sad news. OH, I am happy if you were promoted for you deserve it, but was it something I say to you? If so, I apologize.
Not at all! I love interacting with Hubbers, but after we hired a couple new moderators, my time was needed more elsewhere.
I don't agree. I think I know the forum thread you're referring to. The Troll loses when no one pays attention to him/her. In the other thread the person was obviously treated as a troll but kept on going with more twists to every statement said
I appreciate the heads-up on trolls. Since I am not in this or
any other forum that much, this advice will come in handy.
100% agree Lobobrandon. There's nothing a troll hates more than to be ignored. Hence, the expression, "Don't feed the trolls!"
This wasn't about feeding the trolls or how to deal with them. Just that the techniquest that trolls use are alive and well on HP..
My reply was in response to Lobobrandon's comment, as imported in my reply, and not yours.
Hey Tess, yes I wasn't countering what you're saying. I agree that there are trolls around. Everywhere on the internet, and HP is no exception.
A lot of the younger generation has no real emotions when it comes to people telling them stuff as they grew up with the internet and they never take anything to heart. That's the way you and all of us need to be when it comes to the internet, especially forums.
It's not a matter of particular threads. There are many. Virtually every question here shows evidence of trolling technques. The point is it's troll behaviour.
Just coolly respond like my ex would: "I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person." Then walk away.
Trolls are truly unhappy souls. If they weren't, they wouldn't be on.......ATTACK.
It is best to report them. Ignoring them only makes them....WORSE. Also, trolls are emotionally immature.
Good info, Tess. This should be a hub. The trolls on HP are tame compared to those on Twitter. I had to sign off the other night it got so bad. And they weren't even directed at me! Just really hurtful and vile, about First Lady Michelle Obama. It was awful. Only one mild reply to one of my tweets but I ignored it and blocked the culprit. Sad times we're in, eh?
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