Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Free Speech and Trolls
I enjoy the forum of open minds and ideas. I learn from it. I have limits on what I will listen to, but even then I try not to shout down another's point of view. From time to time, I am offended by something another blogger posts or think another blogger is wrong. For the most part I stay quiet. During the election cycle I offended two people, one blogger and one friend on Facebook. I am sorry, I should have let them say what they believe. I have taken another blogger to task over the years about seeing things through the eyes of a loving spouse, I hope the blogger was not deeply hurt by what I said, I do believe the blogger and spouse are deeply in love. If I did hurt your feeling, I apologize, now hug that dear one - he adores you and will for the rest of his life.
I don't restrict comments on my blog. I occasionally get insulted in the comments. Once in a rare while by a regular reader - we are all entitled to our moments. More often by an unidentified person - a troll. I have a policy, I don't feed the trolls. Trolls feed on being argued with, or pushed back against. If I do it, it only makes them stronger and bolder. I do appreciate it when other come to my defense. I have considered blocking anonymous comments. The anonymous insults are frequently the deepest cuts.
Some people need to be negative, to find fault, to belittle others. It makes them happy. When I encounter those people, I ignore them. Trolls have a right to free speech, I don't have to listen or respond, to trolls and I choose not to.
How do you deal with trolls?