Sunday, March 5, 2017

Three types of trolls and how to counter them

By Julia L.

To all those high schoolers out there who think trolling is funny and who encourage it you're probably one of the most immature people out there, but this is for you in hopes for you to learn. To those high schoolers who think trolling is wrong and want to stop it this is for you.

So I recently read an article about the types of trolls did you know there are 10 types of trolls out there, I'm only going to talk about three of them. Who would have thought that, right? Did you know 28 percent of Americans have admitted to trolling somebody they don't even know? Thats one quarter of Americans that are internet trolls. That’s one quarter of the American population that is willingly hurting people on the internet.

The first type of internet troll is the ‘Insult Troll,’ “The insult troll is a pure hater, plain and simple. And they don't even really have to have a reason to hate or insult someone. These types of trolls will often pick on everyone and anyone -- calling them names, accusing them of certain things, doing anything they can to get a negative emotional response from them -- just because they can. In many cases, this type of trolling can become so severe that it can lead to or be considered a serious form of cyberbullying.” says the article. This type of troll you see more often, I guess more people like to insult people they don’t even know. I couldn't find the percentage of this type of troll, but I feel like this one is the most common one than the others.

The second type of internet trolls is the ‘Persistent Debate Troll.’ This type of troll loves a good argument. They can take a great, thoroughly researched and fact-based piece of content, and come at it from all opposing discussion angles to challenge its message. They believe they're right, and everyone else is wrong. You'll often also find them leaving long threads or arguments with other commenters in community comment sections, and they're always determined to have the last word -- continuing to comment until that other user gives up,” said the author of the article. I feel like if someone wants to try to “debate” with someone they don't even know through someone's post then they might think they know everything and wants to prove a point, but it can get out of hand and start an argument that might progress into something bigger.

The third type of intent troll is the ‘Grammar and Spellcheck Troll.’ You know this type of troll. They're the people who always have to tell other users that they have misspelled words and grammar mistakes. Even when they do it by simply commenting with the corrected word behind an asterisk symbol, it's pretty much never a welcomed comment to any discussion. Some of them even use a commenter's spelling and grammar mistakes as an excuse to insult them.Yes everyone makes spelling/grammar mistakes, to spelling your instead or you’re from writing a sentence the wrong way, it's harder for a person if they have dyslexia. If a troll does this to someone with dyslexia, some people will think it’s rude, but I've talked to people who have dyslexia and some of them say they're glad for these types of trolls because they can correct the spelling or grammar error. In a way, the insult troll goes with the grammar/spelling troll.

These three types of trolls are the most common on the internet. Most people have seen them, been a victim to them,or even are them. If you see these trolls, you probably don't want to ask them to stop. They will just take it the wrong way and start an argument with you. Sometimes you can get away with calling them out, but do it consciously.

If you were going to confront an insult troll, say something like “Hey, you may of had a bad day, we all have those days, but wouldn't it be better if you just get ice cream and watch a romantic movie and cry like normal people.” To confront a Persistent Debate Troll try saying something like “ thank you for your input but I’ll stick to what I believe.” To confront a spelling/grammar troll you can say “Hey, thank you for that, I'll be sure to correct myself” or correct the mistake and delete the comment. That’s how to deal with three different types of trolls, if you want to learn about 7 more types of trolls look at the article provided.

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