I saw this on facebook this morning and had to reply back, but due to YT’s character limitation I have to post this here. Ok, I’m not saying I agree nor disagree with what you are saying Ms. McQueen. I being one of those that had a semi-hellish High School and ran to the military to escape from said hatred and in this day referred to as trolling on a daily basis. I’ve been called Gumby, or too tall jones, or Jolly Green Giant. I took in stride for the most part but there were times I just well we all have “those” type of moments and let’s leave it at that.
But I won’t say I go off to troll others and belittle and destroy their morale self-worth or self-esteem, on the contrary. I just lash back at the stupidity trolls dish out and compare them to themselves. These days I don’t even bother replying to them. They want to troll my blog? Let them I say, I control the comments anyway, mostly spam being spread but on occasion I get one of those trolls I used to be annoyed with when I was at X-forum/Community and I either just erase their comment or ban them from my board.
Why give yourself a headache by dealing with them? As you said the hurtful verbiage, the jabs at your self-worth and self-esteem, it’s not warranted nor deserved so why deal with it? Nip the issue in the bud and remove the trolling, eventually those trolling with be done and move on and hopefully they will collectively grow at least one brain cell amongst themselves and realize what type of tripe based asshats they’ve become and since your place is more or less not the only place they have trolled/dare I say to a point cyber-bullied they’ve placed out there on the internet and that’s permanent to a degree for all the world to see.
I got so angry at those type of people and such that when I was wanting to start my own website for other purposes , I also opened up the forum side of it for those that are picked on trolled by and even cyber-bullied. Again I understand your rage, anger and angst at the trolls and cyber-bullies of the net and such but –we- are empowered to control the flow of hatred and either show them as the bullies and trolls that they are or starve them out and not to validate them period. I’ve had to go as far as banning, blocking emails and even doing an IP range Banning as well, eventually they gave up and ran off back to their community where most end up becoming the forum jester and they find out what means to have the shoe on their foot, but being too stupid to move on and go elsewhere.