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Do not feed the trolls...by halley (Prior)
|on May 07, 2004 at 15:12 UTC||Need Help??|
Re: Why GOD... WHY?!? Y2K+4 bug? Wassercrats
These posts were written shortly before Wassercrats began his quest for worst reputation. First the Boycott O'Reilly campaign, and then a few stubborn denials after receiving negative feedback on his code, his methods, and his understanding of best practices. (Or did it go back farther?)
If it were just a matter of the code quality, or the lack of usefulness of his code examples, I wouldn't think the guy deserves the community flogging he is receiving. People give specific comments and he dismisses them. People give general or "big picture" comments and he scoffs at them. The guy is clearly trolling for fun and profit, at the expense of the community.
What should really be done in a situation like this?
Somehow, as the saying goes, I don't think wrestling with the pig will work here. Banning people on the internet is kind of like writing spam filters; it's an annoying waste of resources that can never win an inevitable escalation.
I suggest people just avoid replying to the trolls; eventually they run out of steam and go on to some other pursuit.