Y’all remember the Troll dolls? They’re cute little buggers, aren’t they? It would be nice if they were the only trolls in existence, but I must sadly report that they are not.
For example, the evil asshat troll, Wendy Apple (or some of her minions), somehow contrived to shut down Judy May’s Facebook page for “misconduct”. Apparently, in Wendy Apple’s little world, if you can forcibly shut someone up it show how “right” you are. I hate to break it to Wendy Apple, but that kind of backstabbing and bullying just makes her look like a tremendous twat. Some people have chastised me for calling her an asshat. I think Wendy Apple has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that “asshat” is an excellent word to describe her.
BTW — You can still go to the Support Judy Mays page. I highly recommend “liking” it to show your support.
So what makes a troll? Trolls are people who are desperate for attention. They almost invariably use immature or vile comments to garner this attention. It’s not that they disagree with me; a normal person can write, “I vehemently disagree with you! You are the real asshat!” and I would not consider them a troll. A conservative, maybe – but not a troll. Nope, trolls post things like “I like rape!” or other such inflammatory inanity. Or they try to use shocking words. I’ve been to Ireland; I will not be shocked.
In short, a troll is an asshat.
The upside to trolls is it means the general public is finding your blog. That’s nice, but what do I do with troll comments? Do I leave them up? Do I run EVERTHING through moderation? Do I just delete them? What? And what do I do about comments that are not TRYING to be offensive, but are based on culturally-supported misinformation?
Now, go forth and don’t be an asshat.