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    Default Please Don't Feed the Trolls

    I just crossed paths with Sona for the first time. If this post of his is representative of the quality of his contributions (as I suspect it is after skimming some of his threads), then I'm surprised that people seem to bother to debate with him.

    Did the invention of the message board allow people to forget about the wisdom of ignoring trolling...?

    A troll's main goal is usually to arouse anger and frustration among the message board's other participants, and will write whatever it takes to achieve this end. One popular trolling strategy is the practice of Winning by Losing. While the victim is trying to put forward solid and convincing facts to prove his position, the troll's only goal is to infuriate its prey. The troll takes (what it knows to be) a badly flawed, wholly illogical argument, and then vigorously defends it while mocking and insulting its prey. The troll looks like a complete fool, but this is all part of the plan. The victim becomes noticeably angry by trying to repeatedly explain the flaws of the troll's argument. Provoking this anger was the troll's one and only goal from the very beginning.

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    I agree that troll's should be ignored, but it's so hard not to mock and flame them when they are such easy targets.

    I do try to stay shtum, and I don;t actually become angry, if anything I get a sadistic pleasure in bringing them down a notch or two.

    I shall try to refrain though, I really will try.
    "No one can be free of the chains that surround them"

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    I don't think Sona is a troll, in that he's deliberately trying to get a rise out of people. I think he really is as stupid as he appears to be.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sahara View Post
    I agree that troll's should be ignored, but it's so hard not to mock and flame them when they are such easy targets.

    I do try to stay shtum, and I don;t actually become angry, if anything I get a sadistic pleasure in bringing them down a notch or two.
    But they never get brought down a notch or two, no matter the totality of the refutal or the brilliance of the mocking. It's just wasted energy... And all energy feeds the trolling.

    I shall try to refrain though, I really will try.


    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    I don't think Sona is a troll, in that he's deliberately trying to get a rise out of people. I think he really is as stupid as he appears to be.
    I am open to this possibility, however, do you think it should affect our course of action? The way I see it, our response should be the same whether he is trolling or as dumb as he appears to be. Either way he's not contributing and either way nothing we do will make a difference, so why expend energy on him?

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    I expend energy on him because sometimes I can't help myself. He represents so much that I despise in mankind.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    I expend energy on him because sometimes I can't help myself.
    Trolls are gooood. (Or people are easy? )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Economica View Post
    I just crossed paths with Sona for the first time. If this post of his is representative of the quality of his contributions (as I suspect it is after skimming some of his threads), then I'm surprised that people seem to bother to debate with him.

    Did the invention of the message board allow people to forget about the wisdom of ignoring trolling...?
    Get a life man. And haven't you just defeated the purpose of your announcement by creating this thread.

    For you information I am not a troll. I think you talking about your own mother like that was kinda bad. I'd never say anything like that about my mother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    I don't think Sona is a troll, in that he's deliberately trying to get a rise out of people. I think he really is as stupid as he appears to be.
    Don't call others stupid when you lack the mental ability to comprehend your opponents arguments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Economica View Post
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