How To Implode A Troll

06 Jul

I’ll start by saying that this blog was prompted a conversation with Helen Lewis and Martin Robbins about the deplorable double standards of the Daily Mail.  I don’t know if this would work with global media giants.  It probably wouldn’t, it does work with individual trolls.  I know, I’ve done it.

What does a troll want?  Reaction.  Any reaction.  Any reaction at all.  Any acknowledgement is a reaction.  That’s how they know they’ve “won”, what they’ve won is another question.  How do you win?  Don’t react.  Don’t acknowledge.

And it’s really that simple.

Firstly stop acknowledging them.  Don’t say that you are.  Don’t alert them, just quietly decide that you’ll ignore them.  And continue to do so.

They’ll twig slowly that you’ve removed their existence from your purview.

Then they’ll react.  They’ll rail at you, they might well start a targeted attack on you.

Ignore them.

They’ll react further.

Ignore them.

Never respond to anything they say or do ever again.

And I mean “ever”.

Never, ever give them another reaction as long as you live.  Never refer to them obliquely, never react to anything anyone says to them.  They, and by extension anything to do with them, do not exist.  If you want a laugh about it do so quietly to yourself.

If you respond, even years later they win.

Given time they will implode in fury and vanish out of existence.

Still then do not laugh.


Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Commentariat



3 responses to “How To Implode A Troll

  1. Leigh Walsh

    October 31, 2012 at 12:03 am

    The problem with this is that there’s no way to be sure someone is a troll or someone who’s poorly educated. Taking your ideas to their logical conclusion, a lot of homohphobia, racism, sexism will go unchallenged for example because such views, if expressed in any way aggressively are “trolling”. I think it’s important to deal with the arguments and not the person – to truly beat the troll, perhaps you have to not care if they were a troll in the first place. Ignoring someone completely is unusual social interaction so may count as a “reaction” to them -or a sign their views go unchallenged.

    Google “lolitrollu” for example, in the image search.

    • Diego E

      December 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      No. It’s actually preety obvious when someone has bad intentions. And even when they don’t, if they are stupid enough to be homophobic, racist, sexist or whatever, they still deserve to be ignored. Why “challenge” their views? Those kinds of wee minds aren’t capable or any sort of development.

      Anyway, you are missing the point. In overanalyzing the matter you’re also feeding the troll. They’re stupid. They’re untalented. They’re insecure. And yes, they’re most likely ignorant and uneducated aswell. In an attempt to feel a bit better about themselves they try to bring you down to their level (which is actually sort of a statement that you are better than them). So just look away.

  2. randomhuman

    November 4, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Oh I would hate you if I were a troll.


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