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Ignoring trolls

Posted on: December 13, 2020

I have been on Twitter since January 2007. I have been reflecting by blogging for almost 20 years. It would be an understatement to say that I have met my share of trolls.

I have found that the best way to deal with most trolls is to ignore them. Most trolls can be ignored because others and I can see them for what they are.

Ignoring trolls does not mean not doing anything. Ignoring takes time and discipline because I need to outlast their loudness and desire for attention. Ignoring does not mean not listening to what they say because I need to know when to switch tact.

Yes, there are different ways of ignoring. One is technical, e.g., blocking. Another is a skill honed from being an educator, i.e., quickly evaluating if the noise is nothing serious or if it will escalate. Trolls leave digital trails that is as bright as troll doll hair — this is useful should I need to collate evidence of their behaviour.


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