What is the definition of a "troll"?
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10/24/04 at 1:46am
Originally Posted by weebitty2
Originally Posted by Marg of Arabia
My definition of a troll is people who come here to stir up trouble. They do not have much interest in Mothering or AP parenting. They are here to have fun by pissing as many off as possible. There are some trolls here that are allowed to stay for some unknown reason. They continue to stir up trouble and get away with it freely.
|Trolling is a form of terrorism, a form of control. Like when fighting any kind of terrorism, we cannot give in to our fears.|
|So it's not really something for you to be overly concerned with. Just post according to the UA and you'll have no problem.|
Originally Posted by Marlena
But this, with all due respect, is patently nonsense. One can't post according to the UA if one can't get a proper working definition of relevant terms and concepts.
Otherwise, it becomes somewhat like a little dictatorship, where the administrator is dictator and can discipline or even remove his serfs and subjects at his whim, and where there is no recourse to procedure or rules of law.
I mean, that's fine, if you want MotheringDotDictatorship, but you allegedly have MotheringDotCommune here. There's quite a disconnect!
Originally Posted by Cynthia Mosher
As I told you clearly in your PM to me questioning the same thing Marlena we have no clear cut troll definition. The OP asked what the definition of a troll is and she got a few responses that seemed sufficient for her question.
As for administration and moderating purposes here we look at each situation as it arises and decide, case by case. We don't have a one, two, three criteria for you to hold up to members and judge them by. Nor is there a need or desire on our part for members to do so. That's our job. We've always advised members to not respond to posts they believe are by trolls and to report those they suspect to be trolls. Thereafter it is for us to look into and decide and take action or not.
Does that clarify it for you?