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Author: FoolBalance Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 203550  
Subject: OT: About Karmi Date: 1/8/2001 3:06 AM
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I put Karmi in the penalty box over a week ago and have enjoyed not having any decision to make about reading his posts. I've read the occasional response that has large numbers of recommends so that I'm a little aware of what has been transpiring.

I've dealt with trolls of exactly the same substance, depth, and intensity on other internet boards. It is hopelessly boring to try to actually engage trolls. It is hopeless to try to change their behavior by any active intervention.

Folks, there is one and only one way to deal with an internet troll. Ignore. If everyone ignores him, doesn't respond to any post by him, he will become bored and go elsewhere. The problem is, new persons regularly join internet boards. They don't know the troll is to be ignored. They post replies thereby feeding the troll. However, the AAPL board here at TMF does not have quite so high an influx of new posters that it is necessarily impossible to rid ourselves of Karmi. Send private messages immediately to new posters advising them of Karmi's method of operation and the intent of the board to ignore him.

If we all choose to ignore him, mostly likely his posting frequency will increase, as will the intensity of tone. So, expect this, don't pay attention to his pinpricks, particularly those that may single out individuals. Just ignore him.

In order to ignore him, it helps to put him in the penalty box.

Paul

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