Have you been targeted by an internet troll?

  Forum Editor 17:07 18 Mar 2012

Perhaps you have, or perhaps you don't even know what a troll is in this context.

Many people suffer miserably at the hands of these weird individuals however, and here's an account of one such case and here's some background information for those who don't know about on-line trolls.

If it's happened to you, or to someone you know, we would be interested to hear about it.

  Aitchbee 17:16 18 Mar 2012

The only trolls I know about are in 'Lord of The Rings'...but they were big creatures, and did not go on the internet much!

Bacon's 'Gnat's' is a much more appropriate term to use...pesky little blighters.

  Forum Editor 17:18 18 Mar 2012

"The only trolls I know about are in 'Lord of The Rings'"

Then why don't you read the articles in my links, and have your eyes opened?

  Aitchbee 17:30 18 Mar 2012

FE, I did read the BBC article on Bacon, the ex-Blue Peter presenter, it's not nice that he has been targeted for this personal abuse...but, the Internet is not conjuicive to 'peace of mind' nirvana when anybody goes online...hence all of the commercial security software programs that abound.

  Forum Editor 17:39 18 Mar 2012


You're totally missing the point. No software application in the world can protect you from an internet troll.

  Aitchbee 17:47 18 Mar 2012

FE...ok, my eyes that were shut, are now open.

  john bunyan 17:52 18 Mar 2012

As I would never dream of using Facebook (fear of them keeping personal stuff) nor Twitter (Who cares what most Twitter users are doing?) I hope to avoid such creatures. The sick minds that do this sort of thing should be permanently banned from the internet - if that were possible - as well as other appropriate punishment.

  Brumas 18:06 18 Mar 2012


No I haven't thankfully, I realise old Bingalau may look like one but he is harmless ;o}

"Most trolling is not criminal - it's about having a laugh, says Rob Manuel, co-founder of the website B3ta, which specialises in altering photographs for comic effect. "Trolling taps into people's desire to poke fun, make trouble and cause annoyance," he says. "

Being serious, if people think like this then I am not at all surprised it is happening! Having said that, I do not use any social networking sites or live on a mobile.

  Quickbeam 18:44 18 Mar 2012

No, but if I did, they'd get more back than they could possibly give!

  Forum Editor 19:31 18 Mar 2012

"You only have to read any Peter Hitchens column to see how people get the idea that it is OK to be abusive to people."

Yes, but when it comes to online abuse there's a difference. Newspapers and magazines generally don't publish anything without at least knowing who the author(s) of an item is/are. That goes for online articles and blogs, as well as print media.

Internet trolls inhabit web forums, and as everyone here knows, there's little the site's owners can do unless they operate a reasonably robust post moderation policy,as we do here. Lots of sites appear to have little in the way of moderation, or the moderators don't have much interest in controlling the content. Either way, trolls largely get away with what they do, both in forums and on social networks.

How can it be stopped, or at least controlled? I don't have the answer to that, but it appears to be a growing problem, and we need to do something.

  badgery 19:34 18 Mar 2012

Quickbeam "..they'd get more back than they could possibly give!"

But how on earth would you know who was doing it - that is the point?

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