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Hub Trolls

Updated on February 29, 2016

A Form of Censorship

Trolls come to your HubPages, forums, and blogs, for one reason, and that is to harass you. They have no intention of arguing rationally, or debating you with reason, and critical thought.

They are opportunists looking for someone to razz, and somewhere to spout off, typically one-liners designed to make you angry. They are wasters of time, and their posts discourage others from participating in a rational discussion. This alone is a form of censorship.

Often, you may recognize this individual because he doesn't have any Hub Pages himself but has been around for a long time, a sure sign he has nothing of his own to talk about. He starts discussion forums, or participates in other person's forums to stir things up. Everything he writes is inflammatory, and designed to anger, aggravate, and inflame tempers. If he only had a rational argument. He doesn't. Trolls generally don't.

He may go into other person's Hubs attempting to get them upset enough to slip up, and say something that he can report to moderators, hoping to get them censored, or temporarily banned. Then he talks about you, knowing full well that you can not defend yourself.

These kinds of people want to shut down anyone that disagrees with their POV, belief system, religion, etc.

DON'T FALL FOR IT! The best thing you can do if a person like this comes to your Hubs is to ignore them, or warn them once or twice, and then disallow their trollish comments. Not only will this person cause you trouble if they can, they will disrupt your Hubs, lowering the quality of the comments, and they are a waste of internet bandwidth.

Please do not encourage this type of person. IOW, don't feed the trolls!

It doesn't take a lot of practice to recognize trolls. Some signs are:

They are argumentative, but without substance.

They don't have Hub Pages of their own but they have been hanging around for a long time.

If they have a Facebook account it will likely have no history.

They have more than one User ID (be sure and keep an eye on IP's).

They generally sign in as a guest (be sure and keep an eye on IP's).

They talk only about other persons, not about the subject.

They say you are wrong, don't know what you are talking about, etc. but they have no argument of their own.

Be discerning, don't automatically censor anyone, just because you think they are a troll.

A person could do all of the above and still not be a troll. They may just be ignorant.

NOTE: Your Hub(s) can be censored (taken down) by allowing others freedom to speak their mind...if they use what can be considered hate speech, etc. So watch out for this! You may have to set your comment sections to Approval, just to be safe.

This is very sad indeed. The Troll can have you censored for NOT censoring the Troll. You loose your Hub and the Troll gets what he wanted...to censor you and to cause you trouble.

I repeat:

Trolls come to your HubPages, forums, and blogs, for one reason, and that is to harass you. They have no intention of arguing rationally, or debating you with reason, and critical thought.

They are opportunists looking for someone to razz, and somewhere to spout off typically one-liners designed to make you angry. They are wasters of time, and discourage others from participating in a rational discussion. This alone is a form of censorship.


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