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How To Deal with Insulting Comments

Updated on February 8, 2015

Hopping the Hubs

Sometimes, when you stroll about Hubpages, you'll find a Hub with no comment capsule. This is not an accident. Comment Capsules are automatically included. This means the writer had to delete the capsule.

The reason for the deletion is that the capsule became a parish of Trollkingdom. Users, most who create guest accounts to mask their identity, will post the most abominable things, and deleting comments becomes a bi hourly exercise until the Administration requests that you remove it or your article is toast.

Fair Comment vs Troll's Rant

Normal people will read an article and respond based on the merits of the article. Where there is an error, either in how they view the topic contra your opinion, or you've made a mistake in fact, they may point it out.

There may be a slurry of comments beneath an article which are not complimentary, but this is fair comment. You can't expect everyone to agree with you when you post a controversial piece. Deleting the comments which you find disagreeable is your right.

Abnormal people, whether they are mentally imbalanced or are posting out of some particular vested interest, do not simply attack your point of view, they attack you. And because they need to be as nasty as they can, they will create a 'dual' who will post the worst remarks.

It is more than likely the 'guest' is actually a member of the site who doesn't want the Administration to kick him off so logs in using his dual.

What You Do

Firstly, learn to recognise the Troll. Learn his syntax. Many Trolls 'take set' upon a particular user they think is vulnerable. They will attack, insult, attack again under another name, in the pursuit of driving the person off the site.

You can delete comments. Delete those which are offensive without any redeeming features.

Sometimes, when you meet a particular Troll who has a penchant of making an idiot of himself, you let him post. And post again and again. Other readers will pick up that he's an idiot and he will discredit himself.

If you are lucky he becomes comic relief and his attacks against you and other users spills over into anger. His duals are exposed as they tend to repeat his venom.

Take a broad view; does this comment have any value or does it cheapen your article?

Does this commentator make a moron of himself so that he discredits himself and obversely confirms your views?

Of course, once your Comment Capsule becomes a Parish of Trollkingdom the Admin may request your remove it.

Monetary Benefit

Many sites pay by view, very often the Troll fills your pocket.

Firstly, there's his initial view.

He logs on, he spews his venom. Then, to make it stronger, he logs on via a proxy server, (a different I.P. address) as someone else, and repeats the attack. Hence, you have now gotten two views for the 'price' of one.

If you play it right, at first, you create a 'flame war'. This encourages other users to log on to watch the drama. These Others may be friends of the Troll to whom he's boasted; "Take a look at how I kicked this guy's butt!!!"

No matter how you want to play it, ten views from ten morons, is still ten views.

Very often you deal with negative comments by ignoring them, such as skipping the Troll post and responding to a previous post as if you haven't seen what the Troll said. This often provokes the Troll to post again.

Sometimes you respond to the Troll by repeating what you said in the article, missing all his points, as if you don't realise how insulting he is being.

This encourages him to post again.

If you respond in such a way as to make a 'situation' you can encourage the War where
others will take sides.

Having 50 comments under an article suggests it is Hot, so you want them there. You can delete a few of the most offensive but you need enough of them to sell the article.

Remember, every time a Troll views your article, you get paid. He doesn't


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    • qeyler profile image

      qeyler 5 years ago

      After provocation...

    • somethgblue profile image

      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Heck even the sane ones go hungry once in a while.

    • qeyler profile image

      qeyler 5 years ago

      It depends on what you write about. There are a few folk a few sandwiches shy a picnic

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I am so happy I haven't experienced this...yet. Awesome advice in case I ever do. VUM.

    • qeyler profile image

      qeyler 5 years ago

      There is a difference between a person saying; "Your sentences are too choppy and your spelling is so bad that I don't know what you've written about," and someone saying; "You're a liar and what you wrote about Factoidz is a lie!"

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      nounjb 5 years ago from Minnesota, USA

      Almost any comment to your writing, but particularly the negative ones, is useful to the objective of improving the quality of your work

      Most of us start by attempting to write in a way that we believe will allow the reader to understand our intent. That will often include honorable mention of the negative side of an argument, if ony to indicate that you have considered it.

      Such tactics quickly become fodder for those who wish to distort your meaning in any way that favors their position, or just because they may feel playful.

      Becoming aware of such tactics, should be considered a matter of self education, that will inspire you to learn to write in a way that cannot be misunderstood.

      And, yes, doing so IS difficult!

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Well, I'm off to read some of your hubs as I am not familiar with your work. Maybe I will find something I can use some of my arsenal of clever insults on . . . you never know?

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      qeyler 5 years ago

      I like your reasoning. What I find in many of my posts, I have to take down the capsule for a time, due to the fact it becomes a war zone.

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      As long as they don't cuss or use hate language I usually let them rant however I will not allow anyone to post a hub article in the comments section.

      If you want to post a point for point commentary write a hub about it or it will get deleted.

      On the other hand I love engaging in pointless banter and good natured insults.

      Most of my work is speculative which requires no proof and yet the mindless sheeple are always clamoring for it.

      So you'll have to excuse me if I find pleasure in slapping down the pathetic dolts that mistake inane babble for a coherent thought.