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Re^2: Do Not Feed the Trolls!!!

by Anonymous Monk
on Dec 27, 2007 at 18:44 UTC ( #659238=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Do Not Feed the Trolls!!!
in thread Do Not Feed the Trolls!!!

"I suspect I'm not the only monk who's gotten fed up with the trolling and left or cut back on their participation."

I am not taking either sides, after all, no side comes out as rightious in those flame wars.

However there is no need for you to threaten the community just because you didn't win. In the past the community was never hurt because of anyone's quitting, regardless who he is. Abigail did so twice, so what? tilly did it once, so what? If you leave, there might be couple of thread about it - memorial services and that's it.

I am not taking your side or your opponents' side, but you should have a better understanding where you stands and whether you can hurt the community by quitting.

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Re^3: Do Not Feed the Trolls!!!
by Ovid (Cardinal) on Dec 28, 2007 at 09:44 UTC

    I'm not trying to "threaten" the community and I seriously doubt my leaving would hurt it. The negativity that's arisen here is affecting me. If I stay away, it will be for the same reason I left car sales so many years ago: it was turning me into a bad person because I, like many others, tend to absorb the local culture.

    A few years ago on this site, someone sent me a /msg telling me that they thought I was one of the most accessible of monks. I doubt anyone would say that today. I'm no longer as casually amiable online as I used to be.

    Will I leave Perlmonks permanently? I seriously doubt it, but this isn't the place it used to be and I feel like a stranger here now.


    New address of my CGI Course.

      Taking a break from something can be a good thing and maybe that's what you need to do. However, I’m concerned that you are avoiding the real problem -- you are letting the troll get to you when you need to let it go. That's something that can be very hard to do, but if you can work on that you will be a happier person in the long run.

      There’s an implied “ignore the troll” when people say “do not feed the troll” – that’s because ignoring them is in essence starving them. The next time you feel like responding to a troll take several deep breaths -- and then just let it go. Just ignore it. It’s beneath you to respond. I hope you give that a try and I hope you stick around. PerlMonks may not die if you leave but I am sure several of us will miss ++’ing your interesting posts.

      A high percentage of top posts are actually written by anons. becuase anons say what they menat to say. But how did people on this site treat anons? That explains the cut back.

      Let's put aside whether the word threaten was precise, although you certainly came out that way, you were probably somewhat emotional. It is good that we are all on the same page that no single person's quitting or cutting back will impact the forum.

      Now why is the forum a different place now? The first thing pop up in my mind - which could be categorized as trolling by some: the scale of talents that this site attracts has went down significantly, not becuase the forum itself or all those disagreements (some of us call trolling), but because the overall downfall of perl in this entire world - not just this web site.

      Without all those talented people (I am certainly not indicating that all the people left are not talented), the quality of posts obviously will go down. I don't want to elaborate on this, but take a look at all those meditations, that's probably the best place to see what kind of people are left. True enough that tone the main function of this site is to help newbies, but ...

      It is not difficult to imagine that most of the top talent industry follow the wind, the trend. Like it or not, that a fact. I am not indicating anything, but the fact you were a car sales explains some limitation of your views and knowledge.

        "but the fact you were a car sales explains some limitation of your views and knowledge"

        What absolute rubbish, how on earth can you draw that conclusion.

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