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Don’t Feed the Trolls

The internet is a great tool used by many wonderful people, but it is also inhabited by what are known as trolls.

From wikipedia:

In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtrl//ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog), either accidentally or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.


Don’t fall for the trap. If you want to get a message out focus on the message.

Here are a few keys to not feeding the trolls.

1. Never Accept the Premise.

Many times they may bait you by saying, “Why are there no black pro-lifers?” or some other absurd question that may not be as obvious. Never accept premise of the question because it likely has no foundation.

2. Don’t Respond to Insults.

I like a good fight and I don’t mind going a few rounds with people, but it is usually best to just ignore them and not give them the forum to continue. I will generally retweet or screen capture the insult and share it so people can see the hate of the Left.

3. Use the Block Feature


Most social networks have a way for you to block a user so you don’t have to see their comments. It is a wonderful thing that we should all use more often. Many people’s comments are not even worth having to sift through.


If you feed the trolls you’ll only invite more trolls. It doesn’t matter if you’re right, you’ve given a platform to them that they didn’t have to earn. Remember that if Rush Limbaugh hadn’t called Sandra Fluke a slut we might not have ever heard from her.


About Jason Vaughn

I'm a conservative Christian blogger and filmmaker.

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