Our moderator has just made us aware there are trolls roaming our fair land. Trolls! Do not panic. And, especially, do not attempt to take action yourself. Trolls, after all, are dangerous creatures. You might get flamed! Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never … ah, well, I never put much faith in proverbs.
There are advocates of trapping, but that is ill advised. What would you do if you caught one? That seems to be the conundrum of the trapper. Since there is no trap that will hold a troll, and the secret is in the bait, trappers really should be called baiters. They post on controversial topics that they know will lure trolls (as well as a few legitimate commenters who end up scratching their head and wondering how they got into that! Sort of like dolphins and tuna…). Indeed, I’ve been watching one master baiter right here in our fair land. Would be entertaining except for the whining. If you do bait trolls, do not run crying to daddy when the troll hands you your behind. Throw up a red flag in front of a bull, and you are probably going to get gored. Besides, there’s no crying in baseball.
So much for the baiter. What is needed is a master debater. I myself had trouble with a few trolls on my site earlier this year. Not anymore (lol). And, of course, there is always the delete button. That’s what makes blogs different from message boards. Just press delete. You have that power. Of course the Troll will probably respond on his or her or its own site. But then…wait, what is the problem again?
Here Trolly, Trolly, Trolly.