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Re: Just Say NO!

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____/ Sinister Midget on Friday 23 May 2008 21:40 : \____

> On 2008-05-23, Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> claimed:
>> ____/ Sinister Midget on Friday 23 May 2008 13:33 : \____
>>> There are a lot of well-fed trolls in here. They should be starving to
>>> death, but they keep getting fatter and fatter.
>>> I've completely wiped out most (if not all) of the most abusive. When
>>> the rare happenstance has one pop past the filters, I'm often inclined
>>> to respond. Sometimes I do. But most times reason takes over and I
>>> cancel the response, then look to see if there's soemthing I need to do
>>> to tighten things up.
>>> If people would practice similar restraint (including myself in the
>>> rare cases where I can't control the urge to respond) the trolls would
>>> evaporate. Completely. Sure, they'd prod and probe. They'd become more
>>> outrageous and noisy. But they'd give it up because there'd be no
>>> reward.
>>> Unlike now, when it seems all they have to do is fart and they can get
>>> 5 or more responses about the aroma accompanying their malodorous
>>> excretions.
>>> Just needed to vent. Carry on.
>> The Linux threat to Microsoft is proportional to the amount of abuse they
>> are willing to throw at those who extol its value. The same goes for ODF.
>> Ask all those who were bullied like nobody's business for standing in the
>> way of 0h-0h-0ml.
> But responding keeps them going. If they aren't effective at all,
> they'll be forcesd to quit. Flatso will nym-shift. If nobody responds,
> s/h/it'll nym-shift again. And again, and again, and again. But
> eventually it will all cease.
> The same goes for a number of others.
> I've been guilty of the same behavior, so I hesitate to point fingers.
> The only redemption I can claim is that I've done less than some.
> But I do try. I've whipped up some dingers of responses, spent a lot of
> time on them, been interrupted by dinner or having to do a chore, and
> then come back to work on it more. I've even been interrupted several
> times on one post, and overnight as well. Then I'd even come back and
> add more content, proofread (a task I try not to do too much) and made
> sure everything I wanted was contained. Then, just before I sent it
> off, I reconsidered and held back. Not every time. But more often than
> not.
> Despite a lot of time spent and tossed aside, I'm glad I didn't send
> some of them because it plays into the hands of the trolls. Resistance
> /can/ be rewarding. I wish I'd done more of it.
True. If we reply to trolls, then we have our attention diverted, just as they
wish. We then discuss people or non-existent problems instead of showing why
FOSS and Linux are worth using. If you get attacked, it typically means you're
on the right topic. They want you not to talk about it.

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