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Wed Jan 2, 2019, 10:01 AM

 

Bad actors on forums

Hi. I am writing this here as I didnít want to post it in the general forums and create a big to do there and the admin forum didnít seem to fit either. Anyways, hereís what I have to say. There are a number of bad actors here on the forums. I have ran different internet message board communities for a long time. For a number of different topics. I have dealt with trolls, jerks, and gadflies on far too many occasions and can spot them pretty easily. There are a number of folks here that are intentionally creating division and disruption. I am not talking about people presenting a different side to an issue but people that like to play to our democratic ideals to discredit one and other on these forums. They play by the rules technically but the intent is there to create division and infighting. With the non-moderator set up here I donít know how you go about dealing with it. And I wouldnít say that anything needs to change per se, but rather that I would keep an eye on it.

I know I myself have a low post count but I have been here for a pretty good ampunt of time viewing. I had a different username at one point going back to Bush W.

I haop no offense is taking to me raising this issue as I think you guys do a really good job here. But just wanted to say that as a lingtime admin and moderator of many communities there is a recognizable pattern that caught my attention.

Thanks guys.

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MrGrieves Jan 2019 OP
dlk Jan 2019 #1
MrGrieves Jan 2019 #2
Sherman A1 Jan 2019 #3
MrGrieves Jan 2019 #4
Sherman A1 Jan 2019 #5
LAS14 Jan 2019 #6

Response to MrGrieves (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2019, 10:04 AM

1. Given the Trolls' and Bad Actors' Success in Electing Trump, It Makes Sense They Would Continue

From their perspective, there's no good reason to stop.

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Response to dlk (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 2, 2019, 10:09 AM

2. Right. And I think we know that is occurring

 

Thing is how do we deal with it in this environment here (which I really like). I almost got caught up in it and took the bait on a thread yesterday.

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Response to MrGrieves (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2019, 10:27 AM

3. Agreed

and some of them have very high post counts. That said, I have found ignore to be very helpful along with the block specific words (for me it is Cat, Kitten, Trump and a few more) and the trash thread function.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 2, 2019, 10:48 AM

4. Thanks Sherman

 

Admittedly I don't use those features enough.

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Response to MrGrieves (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 2, 2019, 10:52 AM

5. Give them a try

I have found them very helpful.

I don't mind differences of opinions, I do object to a lack of civility and the more and more baiting posts that I am seeing.

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Response to MrGrieves (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2019, 03:54 PM

6. How can you tell what their motives are? On several occasions (not...

... a lot), people have assumed motives about a post of mine that weren't remotely true. I find that sort of behavior troubling.

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