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An idea to help control the trolls

  1. MelissaBarrett profile image61
    MelissaBarrettposted 5 years ago

    I have no idea it would work, but would it be possible to put a 24 hour forum hold on new accounts?  They can read the forums and have full functionality of hubs and such, but they aren't able to post for 24 hours after account creation?

    1. SimeyC profile image90
      SimeyCposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Just get a bunch of Hobbits (or Gandalf) to turn them into stone!

    2. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I think I've seen this suggestion before, and the answer is that it would discourage genuine Hubbers from participating as most people would be too impatient to wait for that period of time.

      The other suggestion, which I think is much better, is that new Hubbers should only be able to post in the Hub-related threads.  They have to have at least one Hub published before they can post in the general topic-related forums.

      That way, new Hubbers could still seek help to get started, but trolls would be discouraged because they would have to have one genuine Hub.

    3. relache profile image86
      relacheposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      So, you'd like to prevent new valid users from getting help and just delay trolls from doing their thing?

      I don't see how this is actually going to be helpful or actually prevent forum misuse.

      1. MelissaBarrett profile image61
        MelissaBarrettposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        *smiles* You're a few posts too late, I've already been shown the error of my ways.

      2. Pcunix profile image88
        Pcunixposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        We've been down that road before and the suggestion was to let them post in "Need Help" and "Extreme Hub Makeover".

        It could work.  My bet is that HP *like*s these trolls as they generate activity in the forums.

  2. skyfire profile image72
    skyfireposted 5 years ago

    I guess then he'll create bunch of accounts so that they pass 24 or more hours limit and then he'll use it again for the same trolling.

  3. Ron Montgomery profile image60
    Ron Montgomeryposted 5 years ago

    I think the probationary period should be longer-maybe 30 days.

    1. Pcunix profile image88
      Pcunixposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Five years.

      Yes, I know I'd be hurting myself, but it really would cut down, wouldn't it?

      1. Ron Montgomery profile image60
        Ron Montgomeryposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        50 years.  They say some of your best work comes toward the end of your life.

        1. Pcunix profile image88
          Pcunixposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Considering that I'll be 64 in a few months, 50 years might not work for me..

          1. habee profile image90
            habeeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            lol

  4. habee profile image90
    habeeposted 5 years ago

    Let's take a minute to consider the word "control." The prefix "con" means "against." The base word "trol" is the Old English spelling for the modern word "troll," meaning a nasty little creature that lives under a bridge and steals goats. Hence, the word "control" literally means "against trolls."

    1. Cagsil profile image59
      Cagsilposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      lol lol

      Only you Habee would bring that to attention. lol

      1. habee profile image90
        habeeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Goes with the English teacher thingie. ("Thingie" here is a very technical and academic term, BTW.)

        1. Cagsil profile image59
          Cagsilposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          And here I was thinking that it came for arrogance? roll












































          tongue

          1. habee profile image90
            habeeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            You do realize I just made up the etymology, right?

            1. Cagsil profile image59
              Cagsilposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Yeah, how does that change what I said? tongue

              1. habee profile image90
                habeeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                lol lol lol

    2. Ron Montgomery profile image60
      Ron Montgomeryposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Actually, you have the origin wrong.  The word "Cont" (edited for family friendliness) and roll combined means that we should roll the little conts off a cliff...

      1. Cagsil profile image59
        Cagsilposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        lol lol lol

  5. Pcunix profile image88
    Pcunixposted 5 years ago

    But seriously: yes, we have asked for this before. HP seems uninterested.

  6. Hollie Thomas profile image61
    Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago

    I think the best way to control trolls is to completely ignore them. If they receive no attention whatsoever, and they do like attention, posting becomes worthless and unrewarding to them. They'll move on.

  7. Will Apse profile image91
    Will Apseposted 5 years ago

    Some people don't even realise that they are trolls.

  8. profile image0
    Arlene V. Pomaposted 5 years ago

    I have no patience for the trolls who join HubPages, then post in the Forum with questions about their failing love life.  This recent girl posted in three different Forum places, but I'm glad I haven't seen more from her.  Of course she didn't get the answers she wanted.  The ones who make the rudest comments don't even have one Hub published.  If it's someone who wants advice for romance or a failed relationship, what would her one Hub be about?  Her "love" problem!  Enough, already!  Leave the clown!

  9. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    A posting hold would be a bit of a cold welcome to the new members who are mostly not trolls.  I remember a writer's group I went to where you weren't allowed to talk for your first meeting--I never went back.

  10. profile image0
    Arlene V. Pomaposted 5 years ago

    If you are serious about writing and putting your work out there, a posting hold would not stop you from waiting it out, then publishing your work.  Writers are an odd lot.  I dumped my writers' group months ago.  Some people can't write their way out of a paper bag, and there are the wannabes who have money to throw around to attend conferences.  Of course, that makes them writers.  If you are serious about the craft, you'll do whatever it takes to get published or find work.  Including writing for HubPages.  You can't control these trolls, so instead of extending the attention to their behavior, either flag their work or let it go.  That was one long thread devoted to the last Dude.  I would not analyze why he behaves this way or why he behaves the way he does.  I'm not being paid to be his psychiatrist or his therapist.  Flag him and set him free.

  11. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    I don't know about you, but I am not really serious about writing Hubs--I do it for fun. One of the reasons I stayed and wrote so many was because I enjoyed the forum.

  12. Shadesbreath profile image88
    Shadesbreathposted 5 years ago

    Trolls are like bears, they find a way into places where there is food. If people don't feed them, they go away.

  13. MelissaBarrett profile image61
    MelissaBarrettposted 5 years ago

    You guys are probably right.  It was just a random idea I had.  I was thinking about the "lewie vatton" spam monsters too.

    I like Marisa's idea, but then again I can see the hub threads pounded by spam and some really low quality "write something quick so I can post" hubs.

    *shrugs*  I'm still working on the invention that lets you punch people in the face over the internet... when I get that done I promise hub forums will be a much nice place smile

    1. wilderness profile image94
      wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Hmmm.  I'm not sure I like the sound of that.  Can I program the screen to display a mirror image?  So that I can turn it backwards and read it in a mirror?  smile

  14. Mighty Mom profile image92
    Mighty Momposted 5 years ago

    I know! How about a giant electric fence to keep them out!
    Oh wait, this isn't the political forum, is it?
    Sorry.
    smile

    1. Cagsil profile image59
      Cagsilposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      lol lol

    2. habee profile image90
      habeeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Trolls are immune to electric shocks...and to electric socks!

  15. Albert Genius profile image59
    Albert Geniusposted 5 years ago

    Hubpages is not serious about website abuse (by the way, no one is abusing them right away lol).

    If they are really serious, then implement these-

    1) Make it mandatory for everyone to have published at least 10 'quality' hubs, to participate in these forums. Will hubpages do that? Why will they? Most people come here for fun; they will not disappoint them with a task of 10 hubs.

    2) Make it strictly compulsory to have SMS-verification completed, for anyone willing to join these forum. It's just what Google does before you can create a GMAIL account. Implementing this will totally eradicate all abusers. Will hubpages implement this one. To begin with, they perhaps lack funds to make it a reality. lol.

    HubPages will always have.

 
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