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Point_n_click Donating Member (151 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:03 PM
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Has anyone noticed the dramatic increase in trolls lately?
There seems to be a tremendous up-tick in posts/responses with anywhere from subtle to blatant right wing talking points over the past couple months. There have always been some trolls, you get that on any message board, but here of late it is becoming "thick".

I did see something about "rent-a-trolls", maybe they're all of that variety.

Anyone have insight?

Sorry if I'm wasting bandwidth, I just felt the need to question what I'm noticing.

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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:04 PM
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1. I've been suspicious of a couple of threads that started, but I also
notice they are slapped down pretty quickly. We have some very smart, witty and downright funny people on DU. I love a good slapdown along with the great vocabulary that accompanies it....
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:04 PM
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2. Shhhh...we're not allowed to talk about that...IBTL...n/t
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:05 PM
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3. DU needs troll alert smilies
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:06 PM
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4. No n/t
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:06 PM
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5. Alert on them.
Let the mods straighten it out.
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wakeme2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:28 PM
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18. I see a troll
Edited on Thu Jul-19-07 06:29 PM by wakeme2008


:evilgrin:

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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:38 PM
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22. Meanie!
:spank:

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Dinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:32 PM
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21. That's what I Do, But Yes, There Seems To Be More
I'm sure that will continue as the 2008 elections approach. I have alerted on several people within the last week.
The mods are great. 99% of the time, I see posts I alert on are deleted.
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seriousstan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:15 PM
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6. Yes, anyone with less than 200 posts is a troll.
OH, except you of course.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:16 PM
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7. ...
:spank: :D
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Madspirit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:18 PM
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10. Actually : >
I checked their profile and they've been here since 2003. I guess they just aren't big talkers...<g>

Lee
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Madspirit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:17 PM
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8. I Thought
I thought that was kind of an odd complaint for someone with only 125 posts and then I looked at your profile and you've been here since 2003. You're not a very big talker, are you? : >

Lee
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:17 PM
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9. No
Nothing out of the usual to be honest.

Alert if you feel you see someone that's a troll.
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karlrschneider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:18 PM
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11. Not that I've noticed. Until just now, anyway...
Edited on Thu Jul-19-07 06:20 PM by karlrschneider
:eyes:

Meaning, of course, since you pointed it out. ;-)

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Madspirit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:19 PM
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12. Karl...he's been here since 2003. Odd huh? ...n/t
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karlrschneider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:22 PM
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14. Not sure, really. His date predates mine which doesn't include a year
before with a slightly different name. But yes, it was a bit odd...
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:24 PM
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15. So?
Lots of people join DU and don't post much. If you look at DU registrations, you'll see that there are many more people who join DU, post some, but spend most of their time reading. Lots of people don't like to participate in the ugliness that can happen at DU.

:shrug:
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SkyIsGrey Donating Member (288 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:26 PM
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16. Like me.
n.t.
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Madspirit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:28 PM
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17. Exactly
Ummm I was defending them.
Lee
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:29 PM
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19. exactly
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:29 PM
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20. I recall it was addressed once when we still had ATA
A forum I miss, BTW.

One of the admins, I want to say it was Skinner, said many registered uses log in and read mostly w/o posting. I think he said LBN was the most popular forum for such.
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NaturalHigh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:21 PM
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13. Are you riled about something in particular...
or just trying to get some attention?
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 08:25 PM
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23. No.
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 08:30 PM
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24. not really
seems about the same as always, and less that we've had in days gone by
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 08:31 PM
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25. What's all this about an increase in tolls?

How are people supposed to get to work?
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 08:31 PM
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26. No but there are some crazy ass DUers posting
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 08:43 PM
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27. WHAT???
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