Comment 51969

By Michelle Martin (registered) - website | Posted November 20, 2010 at 10:45:53

To continue with my previous point:

Also, bear in mind that downvoting a troll is not the same as ignoring her/him. It constitutes a response/attention of sorts.

Years of social services experience (since the age of seventeen) have taught me that if the best sort of strategy for discouraging undesirable behaviour is planned ignoring, then the ignoring must be absolute. Downvoting a comment from someone whose antics the community is trying to discourage is like saying saying "I'm ignoring you" repeatedly, which defeats the purpose.

Readers may be interested to know that planned ignoring is particularly effective with verbal outbursts (swearing, yelling, sulking); and, of course, writing is an extension of one's verbal skills.

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