Pick up after your dog

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I typically don’t engage trolls. It seems like such a nugatory endeavor. These bots have no real intention of having a rational discussion. Their only purpose is spreading vitriol, hoping to provoke a response.

To dwell on the rantings of mad dogs is an exercise in futility. There’s no expectation for normal conversation, their arguments only get more personal and belligerent. There’s no history, or prior interaction. It’s guerrilla warfare, ambushing with words. I don’t get it. It’s really sad and pathetic to think that this is all they do, or all they live for.

It’s the pointlessness that confounds me. Why would someone spend their time cruising the Internet, usually without knowing anything other than what is read in a single entry, dropping turds of hate in the backyards of total strangers? And, it’s exactly that. They are full of shit and are dropping steaming piles of turds everywhere.

Their words, their comments, their arguments are no more compelling than what the neighbor’s mutt leaves on my lawn. While more annoyed than offended at having to clean up the filth, it’s simply a matter of tossing the muck in my trash.

There’s no point in trying to dissuade further deposits, inconsiderate trolls, like inconsiderate neighbors, can’t be reasoned with, there is that sense of entitlement to do as they please. Childish and boorish, both unworthy of my energy and attention.

I’m fortunate in that I rarely get trollish comments. (I’ve probably jinxed that now.) Since the majority of my blog features photography and fiction, there’s little to contradict.

I’m not a Comment Purist. I have absolutely no problem trashing any comment that is a personal attack on me or another commenter. My unwritten rule is, “play nice, or go home.” You can disagree, offer a different view, but keep it civil, or you get deleted and “blacklisted.”

The Trifecta challenge this week is: Dwell [intransitive verb \ˈdwel\] 3a: to keep the attention directed — used with on or upon

41 thoughts on “Pick up after your dog

    1. The saddest thing about trolls is that the worse cases that I’ve seen were directed mainly at mothers of special needs kids. These women, who try to do the best they can for their children, are called horrible names and even their children are targets. It’s unconscionable.

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  1. When I see those nasty comments, I’m always very thankful that life has not twisted me into something so ugly that I take pleasure in, not only being miserable, but making others miserable as well. And your analogy is spot on.

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  2. Your content sucks….. just kidding – I love your blog! I am glad that wordpress seems to be mostly free of trolls though. From what I know of my husband/brother/father, some people just like to “stir the pot” and post a contrary view point just to get a rise out of other people. They might not actually disagree at all, but they just do it because they can. Preventing anonymous commenters goes a looooong way to discouraging trolls though. They love being trolls until they can be identified as a troll in real life.

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    1. My heart about stopped for a second, thought I had opened the troll gates. HA! I think anonymity is a big thing for trolls, they can hide and make their nasty remarks without fear of retribution. They are cowards.

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      1. Sorry didn’t mean to give you a heart attack there 🙂 But I think that’s why every website makes you log in nowadays to post a comment. It’s a pain in the butt sometimes for those of us who just want to contribute a comment once in a great while, but I suppose it is worth it to keep the flood of trolls out.

        Though I must admit, all this talk of trolls has me picturing cranky guys, because they are guys most of the time, sitting in front of their computers with a poof of pink hair on top of their head and a sparkly jewel in their belly button! Do you remember seeing those troll toys from the 1990s? Perhaps if you picture online trolls as those funny looking toys, they’ll get under your skin a little less!

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  3. I have to think that there are just a lot of people out there who are REALLY bored at work and in front of a computer. It’s an unfortunate part of human nature that being provocative can be fun; easy to take it too far.

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  4. “play nice, or go home.” exactly! “They are full of shit and are dropping steaming piles of turds everywhere.” – well said. i rarely get these comments but when i do, it’s quite annoying at most. really, their pointlessness puzzles me too. quite pathetic. i love this post ^^

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  5. I couldn’t agree more! I’ve seen troll comments on national news stories, which is one reason I don’t read those comments anymore. (The other reason is that if the comments aren’t from trolls, and people really feel that much hate, I see no hope for humanity.) I haven’t encountered them on my blog (thankfully) but I did see a troll comment on a blog I read. Really don’t understand them and the need to spread hate.

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    1. I can’t read comments on news articles either. The intolerance and hatred is so vicious. I can only hope that these are knee-jerk reactions and not what these people really believe. If it is real, our society is very sick.

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  6. Agree completely! I’ll still read blog comments because, like you said, they can be policed but I refuse to read the comments on news web sites…especially with the national climate as it is.

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