Throw The Trolls Down The Well

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I noticed a thread today on Geeks that is talking about how discussions always end up turning negative in some way. This got me to thinking about conversations I have all over the Web — on Geeks, over at Lockergnome, here in my blog, and even on sites like Twitter. It seems no matter what you’re trying to talk about, someone is going to be negative in some way. The people in this particular thread are right — it truly is annoying.

I’m not talking about differing opinions. Those are great, and I welcome them. Hopefully, you like hearing them as well. Having different viewpoints on things allows us to stretch our minds in directions they may not have otherwise gone. It can make us look at things in a whole new way, from a completely different perspective.

The negativity I’m referring to is exactly as it sounds — negativity, for no reason other than to be rude/demeaning. You’ll be having a conversation that’s going along nicely, and some person pops their nose in and starts going off on a tangent about something that may or may not relate to your discussion. They may even be completely rude about it, or directly “attack” someone involved in the thread/post. I really hate that. What’s the point of it? Why must Internet trolls even exist? Can’t we just, like, shoot them out of a cannon or something?

Seriously, though, why does it seem so difficult these days to have a completely intelligent conversation with others without the fear of someone taking it down a road it should never go? What are your thoughts? Are you seeing more and more of this lately, and how do you get past it to continue your discussion? What else are you reading and/or participating in online that has your mind stretching?

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Chris has consistently expressed his convictions and visions outright, supplying practical information to targeted audiences: media agencies, business owners, technology consumers, software and hardware professionals, et al. He remains a passionate personality in the tech community-at-large. He's a geek.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/gpowerf G.Power

    Chris I think your perspective is different to most, ultimately nobody online knows me, I could say whatever and hardly anyone cares. You on the other hand are a successful blogger and YouTube personality so you attract the good and the bad.

    Over the years I’ve seen many an on-line conversations turn sour, I’ve even been part of communities that have pretty much self destructed. And I’ve been online for a fair while, so I am not convinced things are getting worse. In some ways things are getting better, in many countries the law has caught up with the technology and there have been prosecutions for things that have been said online. I don’t recall this happening 3 years ago, but I may be wrong.

    On the other hand, the early days were something else. I created my first Web page when Mosaic was THE browser, and back then people were friendly to one another. There was a feeling of being a bit of an explorer out there in the online world, whenever you found a place to hang out to you treated it with respect, and even reverence. That feeling is totally gone now, the online world is a little like Detroit in Robocop.

    As I said before, I may not be an online personality, but due to my comments being misinterpreted I’ve had some pretty darn offensive insults hurled at me online, even here at LockerGnome (although just the once).