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Re: Beware The Troll, A Practical Guide

  • Subject: Re: Beware The Troll, A Practical Guide
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 02 Aug 2006 14:32:05 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / ISBE, Manchester University / ITS
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__/ [ High Plains Thumper ] on Wednesday 02 August 2006 13:50 \__

> Mark Kent wrote:
>> It's our troll-feeders who need the most education here;  they do not
>> seem to grasp that troll-feeding is not all that smart...
> I have seen my score degrade in Roy Culley's statistics, for replying to
> trolls.

I  suspect  that Roy's stats are what (at  least  initially)
motivated   me   to  never  or  rarely  reply   to   trolls.
Conversations  I  have been involved in have been much  more
pleasing  and  pleasant since. Those who argue that  without
two  conflicting sides there will be no activity in COLA are
urged to look at stimulating, constructive discussions among
Linux  advocates. These are both friendly and educational...
with  true  merits  rather  than ever  bearing  a  trace  of

> Sometimes an apt reply to a troll does good.  However, you are right.  I
> see
> some just go at it to the troll's delight.  This is unfortunate.

There  is  a marginal point where a reader/poster becomes  a
troll,  I think. For example, I am yet to witness what makes
Tim  Smith  so  skeptic that he should be ignored.  I  still
think  he participates in the wrong newsgroup because he  is
not  here to advocate Linux, but only to challenge those who
do. Nonetheless, his presence here, much like the presense of
all trolls is an implication of their desire to embrace Lin-
ux. It's like the criminal that hangs around the scene of  a
crime, hoping to be caught.

Best wishes,


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