Does anyone have any experience curtailing discussions with trolls by posting something along the lines of "this appears to be trolling or a silencing tactic [link to relevant material]" or "this appears to be a threat and there is no reason to reply directly [link to wiki page discussing this type of situation]"?
I've never actually tried this, but it seems to address many of the concerns with ignoring trolls entirely (doesn't condone trolling, provides info for newcomers, seems unlikely to encourage trolling).
22.214.171.124 06:26, October 28, 2014 (UTC)Mike
- Yes, I do this all the time. I find it to be effective in that if the troll replies, usually they're unable to control their bluster at having been seen for what they are; also, onlookers who may be less experienced with online culture get to learn that that funny feeling they're having has a name. Monadic (talk) 17:51, October 28, 2014 (UTC)
- Nice. I think it's worth updating this page with that as a suggestion as it seems pretty actionable. Do you have a good resource of common replies to frequent comments, or could we start the construction of one? It seems like that would be a useful resource for teaching people how to deal with trolls as well as educating onlookers in an effective way.
- Arkenflame (talk) 02:10, October 29, 2014 (UTC)