Trolls and furry
Actions and tactics
- Trolls typically bait their furry victims with inflammatory and derogatory remarks, to which users respond with criticisms of the troll's behavior. The goal of a troll is to detract users from their normal communications and get them to instead start arguments with them or other users. When users do start arguments with each other or with the troll, it is often referred to as "feeding the troll". Sometimes trolls refer to their activities to others as lollercoasting.
- Trolls are typically crude and simple in their tactics; however, some trolls carefully calculate their activities so their online posts seem quite innocuous but have the same argument or negative feeling producing effect.
- Trolls can also, but rarely, try to copy the behaviors of other furries in order to gain personal information which can be used to cause further harm than the normal troll. Such information they would be after would usually be e-mail addresses, phone numbers and Instant Messenger ID's.
Trolls are best dealt with by removing them/banning them from the furry forum/mailing list/IRC channel in question so that they cannot cause further problems, or at least ignoring them until someone in charge can deal with them. It is imperative to remain as calm as possible and not get involved in any arguments in the process. However, the goal of some trolls is to be removed, and on mediums such as websites where it is nearly impossible to ban a determined user, this may only feed the troll.
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