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