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24 August, 2012

Welcome to the Internet

I just want to point out how easy it is to stop trolls on the internet, for anyone who might be new.

First rule, don't feed the trolls. Don't engage them at all. They want you to respond to their antics and they'll say whatever they think will make you angry enough to respond.

This brings us to the second rule: Don't let the trolls know what bothers you. If you make a big deal out of a troll calling you a certain name or saying something about someone you like, chances are more trolls will follow suit. The best thing to do in this situation is to follow rule number one.

Rule number three: Remember that trolls are just people behind a computer screen. In real life, these people are not the way the act on the internet. Look up any twenty-three year old's profile and then meet them in person. The inconsistency is astounding. There is something that trolls get from acting like douches on the internet. Follow rule number one, and they'll have to go somewhere else to get it.

Whatever you do, don't forget that the internet is full of trolls, but it's also full of good people. The reason the number of trolls seems so overwhelming is because they are the ones getting the attention. Follow rule number one, and they'll go away. Trolls do not represent any demographic or any group (other than /b/), so to base your opinions on, say, an entire fucking atheist movement on the actions of trolls who are fucking with you because you continue to break the three rules listed above, is actually really unfair.

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