What do you want to know, uncle Rob will try his best to answer any question.
I’m interested in everyone’s thoughts on the subject matter. It’s not about specific questions although I have asked some along the way if you’d like to check back. Your choice if you want to pick up any of them to comment.
For you Rob, perhaps as you appear to want to identify as a Troll? or at least accept it readily when others label you as that. I’m not sure which it is honestly. It would be interesting to know what you consider trolling in the context of this community and what isn’t. It would also be interesting to know what you get out of it or why you do it? Is it for reasons like mine below?
I’ll use myself as an example to avoid appearing to bait or attack anyone else. This isn’t about singling out Rob, or anyone in fact, just hoping his question was genuine and we can open more discourse here.
Xandi made a very good point that there are levels, let’s start with that.
Some trolling is a little lighthearted and gently poking fun without being unpleasant. Some is in the middle ground and purposefully disruptive of discussion or needling/baiting whilst trying to appear perfectly reasonable, and some is directly antagonistic or personal.
Might I suggest my thread about Simon was done like the first type, with the intent of gently poking fun and to deflect what was a direct personal attack into something more light hearted. People may disagree. By contrast my conversation with Mar in another thread and other things i’ve posted have been more like the second type. I’ve avoided the third type because it’s not my style.
I’ll talk about why I have done what i’ve done a little bit, perhaps it will help people open up?
The lighter side of trolling to me is just how my humour works, sarcastic. I try not to be purely nasty with it.
The middle ground is purposeful, I do it to make a point. That doesn’t make me any better than those i’m making a point about. In using the same tactics i’m as bad as they are and honestly apart from the occasional smirk it doesn’t make me feel very good about myself. I’m ok with that, i’m used to that so it doesn’t bother me. There’s lots to talk about with this second type I think but let’s come back to that in future.
The third type I won’t do, if you have to resort to personal attacks on someone else, especially sustained and continuous then you’re being a bully. On the other side of that, if you react to bullies in the way they behave then you’ve given them control of the conflict. This type of course is also sanctioned against in the rules. It was interesting that there appears to be a feeling the report system does not work, or was that simply a comment that some don’t people don’t care about being sanctioned?
Please everyone feel free to comment, can we set aside type 2 and 3 trolling for a little while to talk about it?