With a nearly a third of the World’s population in lockdown, people more than ever, are turning to online forums and social media to stay connected and to alleviate the anxieties, frustrations and boredom of these present times.
Online trolling may not have the devastating effects of actual bullying but it can still cause annoyance, distress and even pain when online chats and posts turn into acrimonious attacks on a person’s personality, their mental capacity, or repeated comments designed to crush, humiliate and/or show up the recipient in order to detract from the subject matter and provoke an emotional response. I think many of us have experienced what is like to be at the receiving end of some of that even if for some, it was only a minor annoyance but for others, may have ended up causing them to shut down their social media or leave a membership forum.
For me (and hopefully for others) it would be very helpful to hear other people’s experiences if any, of being at the receiving end of online trolling (please no names, keep it general!) or how you have managed to avoid it.
1. How would people define ‘trolling’, ‘flaming’?
2. What tactics have you used to defeat and diffuse trolling?
3. What advice could help others who find themselves in similar situations?
Some basic reading: (feel free to add more)
Please, this is not about Birdforum (which is excellently moderated btw) so no passive aggressive remarks about any member on BF (we are likely to know who you are talking about anyway!).