Why you shouldn't feed the trolls

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799

Why you shouldn’t feed the trolls

Have you noticed there are trolls in Active Rain? No, I don’t mean little creatures that live in an almost perpetual state of happiness, singing and hugging all day like trolls in the movie “Trolls.”

I’m talking about the Internet trolls who sow discord by starting arguments or upsetting people. They typically deliberately post inflammatory comments and argumentative messages in their attempt to provoke, disrupt and upset others. “Trolls” pretend to be part of the group, but their real intent is to create conflict for their own amusement!

It’s soooooo tempting to respond to trolls, but the best advice is to always ignore them otherwise you are rewarding their behavior and playing into their hands. Trolling makes a lot of cowardly people feel stronger. Anyone can do it in the privacy of their home or office because they don’t have to interact with their audience in person. They are hiding behind their computers and on-line names and when finish they move on without any consequences. They aren’t worth your time or emotion...they have a problem...let them deal with it!

So Don't forget and read this wonderful article……Don’t feed the trolls!

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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Well said Dorie Dillard. I am happy there is a lot less of it these days than in the past 

May 11, 2017 09:08 AM #43
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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
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Dorie, congratulations on your feature - well deserved. Couldn't agree with you more. Internet trolls are not worth one ounce of time or emotion. Always amazes me what people will say from behind a computer screen.

May 11, 2017 12:07 PM #44
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Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
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Seeing it a lot but best to ignore them so they just move on to another venue.

May 11, 2017 12:13 PM #45
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Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

have noticed many here doing that & not like it use to be, Dorie...not sure what is up?!

May 11, 2017 01:36 PM #46
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Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Dorie,

Good luck to them. It seems they do not get very far in this smart group.

May 11, 2017 03:31 PM #47
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Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
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Trolls can be seen and heard daily, simply watch the news or listen to radio talk shows. There isn't any news, just entertainment, and distress. 

May 11, 2017 04:35 PM #48
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Bruce Brockmeier
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Totally agree! The only way to defeat the trolls is to ignore them and delete them.

May 11, 2017 05:47 PM #49
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
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I must be good at ignoring them since I don't recall any trolls. Maybe I am naive...

May 12, 2017 03:07 AM #50
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
PK Real Estate Utah South - St. George, UT
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Great advice Dorie! I have wriiten about the very same thing. Congrats on the well deserved feature.

May 12, 2017 05:49 AM #51
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
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Well, I must be living under a rock because I haven't seen any trolls. But when I run into them on other websites, I ignore them. There is no upside to engaging, even when you win you lose because you've sunk to their level.

May 12, 2017 09:23 AM #52
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Dan Tabit
Northstone Real Estate Inc. - Sammamish, WA

My first reaction was to disagree just to pretend to be a troll, but as a victim of tolls in the earlier days, I don't miss them.  I see their activity on local community Facebook pages and they are such a nuisance. 

May 12, 2017 01:42 PM #53
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Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
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I have seen far fewer trolls, on Active Rain, of late.  Maybe I'm just not paying enough attention, but it seems as though some of them have retired, or been ousted by the powers-that-be. 

Either way, it seems quieter and more peaceful on the land of Rain.

May 12, 2017 02:31 PM #54
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Marte Cliff
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I agree - frustrate them by ignoring them.

Once upon a time I had a sister-in-law who was a troll. She'd tell the most outrageous lies just to get other family members at odds. Then she'd dance around singing "I just love to start a fight."

I stopped going anywhere near her.

May 12, 2017 04:27 PM #55
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Ah yes, trolls.  Those folks who are usually excitement junkies who feed off discourse.  Fortunately, I have been amazed over the years, that ActiveRain has fewer of them than other social media platforms.  It's best to ignore those that do appear.

May 12, 2017 06:18 PM #56
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Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
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You asked:  "Have you noticed there are trolls in Active Rain?"

Actually, barely, if any.

May 12, 2017 07:47 PM #57
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
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There are just a couple I can think of and I've wanted to comment but keep my mouth shut.  Not sure why people think this kind of thing is fun to do.  Definitely not engaging is the best option.  -Kasey

May 13, 2017 08:40 AM #58
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REPORT KEY On the top each blog is just for that. It will be quickly removed.

Sam 

May 14, 2017 06:40 PM #59
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Melissa Jackson
United Country Real Estate FW - Fort Worth, TX
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I agree, so easy to pass on these situations. Why enable the "troll"  If they are not getting attention on AR hopefully their actions will stop. 

May 14, 2017 08:23 PM #60
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Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
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I think a lot of the trolls have moved on from Activerain and I refuse to engage on facebook. Great post!

Jun 09, 2017 08:17 AM #61
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Peter Mohylsky
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Great advice,don't let them get you down.  Stay above the fray.

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