Dumbledore’s Opinion of Trolls

I encountered my first troll last night.  Luckily, Jason Cushman (http://aopinionatedman.com/) was on hand to finally give me a decent explanation of trolls.

I was about to reply to this comment

when I thought of a quote from Harry Potter that sums up trolls so perfectly it deserves its own post.  Here’s the original:

Do not pity the dead, Harry.  Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.

And here’s my troll tweaks:

Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who troll.

Trolls are today’s bullies.  The sit on a computer all day – probably in their mother’s basement – and surf the internet trying to pick fights with people.  One could say that they are more insecure than the typical bully because they hide behind a computer screen.  Honestly, it’s just sad. There’s more to life than that.  At least I think so.

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13 Replies to “Dumbledore’s Opinion of Trolls”

  1. I’ve never been trolled on my blog, but I’ve been in IT over 15 years and have seen it countless times. The main purpose of a “keyboard warrior/internet bully” is the same any bully. To get a rise to make them feel better about their own miserable existence. I personally deal with them in two ways: 1. Every reply I make is over the top nice. Kill them with kindness. It confuses them because…well, it’s kind. 2: I ignore them completely. I learned this from one of my favorite quotes by Mark Twain, ““Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”

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      1. There are unfortunately long on numbers, but they’re short on brains and courage. Anonymity makes some people real big shots. The same people who might flip a person off on the highway, and when asked why they did it, “I was pointing at the Sun/Moon/bird/plane /etc.

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  2. I’ve been trolled, and all you can do is laugh. Trolls have too much time on their hands and suffer from excessive boredom. So they go after unassuming bloggers and put them down for their own amusement.

    Silly, silly trolls. 🙂

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  3. Though I’ve not personally encountered virtual harassment, I’ve seen a few cases of trolling with others.

    My advice is to be clear and upfront the first time, in a polite/kind manner. State your position simply without getting defensive or offensive.

    Let them have the last word. The public will see who is troubled, who lacks a real sense of humor. If they are persistent in harassing you in a targeted manner, report them.

    Personal opinions are fine. Harmful threats, libel and defamation of character are illegal.

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