How should trolls on HP be punished?
We've all seen it, trolls voting down nearly every/every answer to a question when the answers clearly add to the discussion. Shouldn't there be a limit on how many answers to a single question a single hubber can vote down?
I think the people should be identified........and be asked a reason why they are voting an answer down....
They should be deep fried in oil and fed to the Google Panda.
It's easy and other forums have handled it appropriately by banning those who abuse the system. It extends past questions and answers to questions. Trolls here vote down articles without having to give a valid reason for doing so. Flags require explanation and so should a vote down. The technology is sitting in their hands to identify the abusers. I have questioned what legitimate forum fails to act and why it allows the abuse to continue. To a troll it is a silly game. This isn't a game site.
Ok, this will sound a little over the top, but I do think they should be excommunicated by the Church.
In my opinion, it's best to have them identified for an explanation. This way they'll have to understand how different people make different reasons, and should just be respected.
I often disagree with others but I never vote them down because usually they are adding their opinion or experience to the discussion. Trolling only provides a negative experience for those who are truly trying to enjoy lively discussions here.
Oh express10. So glad to know this answer you find best. Thank you and more power to you!
Easy, if everyone would ignore them they would go away. Voting down answers really doesn't mean anything and I don't take it personally when my answers are voted down.
I've been on many forums and they won't just go away unless they are made to go away. They are like children.
"Trolls" only have power when people give it to them. Ignore them and they are powerless.
I agree, the only reason they do it is for the attention they get. They like to stir the pot and discussions like this feed into that. Who cares if what they do? The votes are meaningless.
It's not easy...when you go to answer a question and every single answer has been voted down the exact SAME number of times that is a problem because a single person has done this anonymously & not added to the discussion, only voted down.
Maybe if we only had the up button. Either vote it up or do nothing at all. That is what I do anyway. I say remove the down button!
I misunderstood the question and wrote an answer on trolls on the forum. Those people need to be ignored as they want power. Maybe the same answer if they keep voting down answers for no good reason.
The problem is that ignoring them doesn't deter this behavior or stop it. The trolls make an otherwise good user experience negative and there is a number of these anonymous people that stalk others with the sole purpose of voting down others hubs.
OMG I completely agree with your solution. I am new here and already have 2 stalkers that have not only sent me hate mail but are trolling me on forums and questions and voting me down. So frustrating! I wish there was an easy report button we could just say "look at this yahoo and make him quit it!"
lol. Although I prefer Haunty's answer the most, will toss my two pennies in:
Three Days rations -and a stick- on their was across the desert of Exile.
No seriously, trolls are common in social forums. And the way HP is designed, can infiltrate articles, Q&A, etc. They have been good lately at finding these colorful, yet grumpy bridge dwellers, and removing them. But, we should alll keep our eyes open and report it.
I completely agree and think there should be a limit.
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