Trolls, Sock Puppets, and Bots and How to Handle Them

 Trolls, Sock Puppets, and Bots and How to Handle Them


Series Introduction: A General Introduction to Web Forums

Web forums are a great way to interact, converse, build community, promote products and I FortniteAimbot Pc  deas, and generate content and relationships online. Even though forums have existed since before the web, there are many people who still do not use forums, who do not know about them, or who think that web forums are more limited than they are. This five part series offers a basic introduction to web forums and answers eight basic but important questions; addresses one of the negative aspects of forums–haters–and how to keep a healthy forum; discusses the basics of running a forum; is frank about common pests and problems which often infest forums; and finally provides five useful reminders about forums.

Part IV: Trolls, Sock Puppets, and Bots and How to Handle Them

Every community has its ups and downs, and every community has its problem children. Sometimes they cause problems by accident; other times they spark a fight just because they can. Without further ado, here are the annoyances you will inevitably face in forums. Know what they are early on so you can do your best to be free of them as early as possible.

What’s a troll? This brand of forum misfit likes to say things to offend people on purpose in order to laugh when they get offended. For example, they might post “Hondas are slow trash that need maintenance every 10 miles” on a Honda racing forum. If someone replies with something like “my Civic has been going for over 100k miles without maintenance,” then that person is guilty of “feeding the troll.” They’ve fallen into the troll’s trap, and now the troll can post even more crap. Trolls are best ignored. If the forum administration is active and doing their jobs, trolls usually get banned rather quickly.



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