Comment 111320

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted May 01, 2015 at 10:48:13 in reply to Comment 111312

It's possible that "truthit" really believes what he is writing - after all, there are United States Senators who have said stupider things about sexual assault - but that does not mean he's not a troll. He spammed the previous article with 42 comments between April 28 and April 30. That's 57% of all the comments on the page. 36 of his comments were replies, and 19 of the other comments, or another 26% of the total, were replies to him.

To mix metaphors for a moment: if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and craps like a duck, the matter of whether or not it is an actual duck doesn't really matter when it's your job to clean up the crap.

As to whether debating the troll is better than ignoring him, the article you linked states:

data suggest that it’s effective: A recent Pew Research Center survey found that of people who did nothing in response to an incident of online harassment, 83 percent felt the ignoring tactic worked.

Again, note that 84% of all the comments on the previous article were either replies to truthit or truthit's replies to them. Only four of his comments were not replies to someone who made the mistake of feeding the troll.

Edit - and since I started writing this comment, the troll has posted another six comments. Okay, I'm done with this.

Comment edited by administrator Ryan on 2015-05-01 12:00:52

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