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Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 07-23-2012 01:38 PM

every site administrator has to decide how to deal with trolls and such… as well as how to fund their sight…

I don’t think there’s really a “tech” solution, as trolls seem to thrive on pouring their energy to thwart such.

The best boards I’ve participated in deal with trolls the hard way, by recruiting a large team of volunteer moderators, who are tasked with monitoring certain sections of the site and are empowerd with admin. functions of deleting posts, banning users, etc…

This requires a very active community…. who are willing to put hundreds of hours per week into moderating the site.

The only down side to this approach is that the moderator team has to establish their guidelines … and those lines will inevitably impede the “free speech” of some members.

Based on my (admittedly limited) experience, LJs is a very lightly moderated site…... and it shows.

Unfortunately, trolls generate traffic and traffic stats make web sites attractive to advertisors…. and that makes the sites profitable. So unless the site is set up with not-for-profit and altruistic motives (and like minded revenue sources) they all seem to be eaten alive by trolls eventually.

OBTW, the best way to kill a troll is to starve it…

“don’t feed the trolls” is a fun motto that seems to drive them insane.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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