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[cdt-l] Message on PCT-l about trolls

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I thought I would post this message on this forum. It was posted yesterday by
Brick Robbins who is the administer of PCT-l. This is good advice and we will
probably be revisiting this issue.

From: Brick Robbins
To: pct-l@mailman.backcountry.net[1]
Subject: [pct-l] Admin Note please read: Trolls & Flames
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 2003 10:58:12 -0700

PCT-L has had a few Trolls recently which we tend to get this time
of year. Trolls and Flame wars are as old as the internet, and the "problems"
PCT-L has been having are really quite mild. Members have asked me to do
something, specifically asking me to "boot" certain members. "Booting" is not
really that effective because the troll re-subscribes using a different
address. The best way to deal with a Troll
is to ignore them. Fighting with them is like mud wrestling a pig.
You just get tired and dirty, and after a while you realize the pig LIKES it.
This is not to say that I am not doing stuff behind the scenes, but
with the 40-50 spams the list receives every day, etc, I already spend
way too much time on this list.
There is lots of advice on online how to deal with troll. Here are some of
the best pieces of advice IMHO:

***Whatever you do, DO NOT reply to the post.

*** Sit and think. Go clean that green stuff off the sides of your fish
tank like you have been meaning to do. Try to remember that the
Internet is not real life. It is not worth getting upset over. The group
you are so involved in would forget that you exist if you stop posting for 6
months (most likely even quicker). Real life goes on with or without the

*** Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker's game
because they almost always turn out to be -- or to be indistinguishable
from -- self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of
free time.

*** Learn to use filters and killfiles in your email program. The
Troll can't upset you if you don't read their posts.

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