This is cut from a Sky news report -
"Some call themselves "trolls" and have attacked a site dedicated to a teenager who hanged himself after being bullied over the web.
"It's organised, they target recent memorial pages and it's mostly the young where they can cause the most upset," said Robert Mullaney, whose son, Tom, took his own life.
"They go on there - two, three, four of them - they leave vile comments and they sit back and see who responds the most."
sounds familiar - I wonder if any of ours are among this particular vile group !!
You actually have to feel sorry for them if this is what they have to do to get their kicks. They could give being productive, caring human beings a try if they are that bored!!
I find it difficult to be sorry for them - even though I know they are socially challenged individuals and quite possibly the product of ruined childhoods, abuse and strange practices such as religious indoctrination.
Hey! I resent that! I was abused and my childhood was ruined, but I don't use it as an excuse to go around acting like a complete A**HOLE!
People who do what you describe probably got TOO MUCH attention as children.
Many are most undisciplined when they are alone in front of their computer. That freedom AND anonymity is difficult for some to control. It would help if more sites had administrator control over accepting comments or not. Just like our hubs.
Well - the site admin is aware of all the trolls here from their behaviour - they also have access to their IP address so that they know when someone is trolling with multiple personalities - yet they do very little about it. They have the easy ability to ban an IP address, just takes the effort.
The set of trolls who were hounding some hubbers through all the froums have been at it for over a year to my knowledge, and just recently it would appear some of them have dissapeared, hopefully banned. Better late than never.
Point well taken. I know that my thoughts in post often attract those lying in wait entrenched in the woodwork. Been that way since day one.
Good point on the IP address thing.
I just watched a bunch of tutorials on You tube on how to change IP addresses,even rotate them every thirty minutes.If that's possible[I'm to computer illiterate to know]then it's not an effective way of keeping track of trolls.So why did I post this?I'm Lonelyyy,and just had a double espresso.Don't worry it'll fade soon:)
All forum trolls are nothing more than incoherent assholes with an intelligence equaled to that of a damn chimp. take that however you like it, but this is how I foresee it! So says the MAD PROPHET!
Probably most teenagers go through their troll phase in about 6 months. It’s right up there with running over mailboxes, etc. Part of growing up I guess.
One of the video sites is replete with those "trolls". You almost HAVE to turn off all comments - very sad. Great info - thank you for keeping us up to date.
Verbal abuse is the worst. I still feel all library and school computers need anti bullying signs.
It is sad that humanity always turns a positive to a negative.
I think it is unfair to brand the whole of humanity with the mark of these trivial minority. Don't forget, with the secrecy of multiple avatars and names and the psychotic nature of these creatures - they just seem a lot. A few socially challenged individuals huddling in their stinking one room apartments with only a computer for company don't really rate high on the humanity scale.
We should teach our kids to be less sensitive to other people's comments. Some are just ready to jump on you if they feel you are one easy pray. I remember being a kid. You just say something back as nasty as you hear from them, and it might shut up those bullies for ever. I never paid attention. May be because I had serious problems at home, I had to deal with grown up issues and bullying was childish for me. I felt like I was above that.
Trouble with bullying in any form is that these younger bullies/ trolls grow up and proceed to take their nasty little habits with them into the workplace where they continue to wreak havoc and cause great distress and even loss of financial futures to some people who are unlucky enough to be their targets!
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