Comment 59930

By SpaceMonkey (registered) | Posted February 17, 2011 at 17:10:51

I'd like to bring up a concern that I have regarding trolls. Obviously I agree that trolls are a waste of time and should be down voted accordingly. What worries me though is that some (not all) people are being mislabeled as trolls. I know this first hand.

I have been branded as a troll by Ryan (and others) on more than one occasion. I know it makes no difference to Ryan and the others who have concluded that I'm a troll because according to their definition it doesn't matter what I say now, because even if a troll says they're not a troll, it doesn't make a difference. I took the time to write a well intentioned, polite email to Ryan to let him know that he had the wrong impression of me. He later went on to call me a troll in the future and has yet to take it back or apologize.

For those who are not so quick to come to their own (wrong) conclusions, I can assure you that I'm not a troll and what I want most for RTH is for it to succeed in bringing citizens of Hamilton together to talk about and help to change Hamilton for the better. We will not always agree on what change for the better is, but it's important not to label people as trolls when they are not.

It's interesting that in one of the links provided earlier, they make note that "The term (troll) is frequently abused to slander opponents in heated debates". I think that happens here a lot, and it's a real shame.

Comment edited by SpaceMonkey on 2011-02-17 17:12:22

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