Friday, August 26, 2011
How do you handle trolls?
Clearing my spam filter is getting to be routine, now that the troll keeps trying to make his nest on my personal blog. You would think an 85-year-old would know when he's not wanted and just move along. The obnoxious troll tried to become a follower of my personal blog. He set up a Google Account Id just to get past the spam filter, but that doesn't hide his ip address. Why is this blog so important to him? Does he think he can intimidate or irritate me enough that I will quit posting? Or is he afraid that my message will influence others? His words never make it past the spam filter, unless I allow it to, I guess he gets his kicks in thinking he can slip by the spam filter.
I'm not describing a poster that occasionally disrupts a conversation to post something that might incite other posters and then move on. I'm describing Roy Mark, who has suffered with "trolliomyelitis" for several years. He has been banned from posting on the Victoria Advocate on line forum several times for being a troll. He is currently going by "texastwostep" at the VA. He doesn't mind the ban because the last time he hid behind his wife's skirt saying it was her account. He doesn't really care if he is banned because he's using three different IPs (127.255.255.255 ,126.96.36.199, and 188.8.131.52) just to post as anonymous on this blog. He puts a lot of work in being a troll. He'll just get another ip address and anonymity, and he's good to go He’s been doing it for years, so he's immune to shame; humility is not in his vocabulary. He has a disease that man has not come up with a cure for. I ask, would a sane person post on a blog several times a day, knowing their words go to a spam filter and are deleted? Normally trolls like to see their words in print and get the recipient's response because it excites them. I don't know if he's doing me a favor or keeping me from having a civil discussion with the anonymous posters since comments not linked with an ID, go straight to the spam filter where I can approve or delete. Roy Mark claims he is responsible for all the anonymous posts but lying comes pretty easy to him.
Ignoring Roy (the troll) Mark doesn't work because he won't go away; he's like a stalker on a mission. I have to wash my hands every time I delete his comments. I get this image of an 85-year-old in his boxers, sporting a Rush Limbaugh tee shirt, wearing white socks and slippers, drinking out of his Bill O'Reilly coffee cup, with Fox News playing in the background, just sitting there typing his gibberish thinking it will actually make the comment section of my blog. Then he'll submit a post to the VA feeling all proud because he slipped by them once again. He admits that he is one of the same Roy Mark, but in the next anonymous post he claims I'm paranoid. I realize he's 85 years old, but I wish he would take his drool elsewhere.
I had run out of new material for a new blog but you would be amazed how easy it was to write this blog; the ideas from my head to my fingertips came naturally. I know this blog won't deter someone suffering from severe "trolliomyelitis," it might even excite him, but he can make it easy on himself by just going away. I guess he can take pride because I've never devoted a blog to anyone, but drastic times calls for drastic measures. I went about six months without having one comment in my spam filter, now it's up to about 25 a week. I have to empty it daily; true, it's not such a big chore, but I shouldn't have to do that.My comments on this blog should not be copied to a VA blog. I should at least get the promo for my web site and full credit for my words.