Tuesday, August 29, 2006

What is a Blog Troll?

According to urbandictionary, it's "A depraved individual who sits in front of a computer all day and posts flames of an idiotic or pseudo-intellectual nature on public forums and private websites. Many of these people actually become emotional about what is said on the afore-said mediums and feel it is their duty to punish those who disagree with them. They too may pursue this object in an obsessive-compulsive manner."

Often a blog troll is not content with spamming your comments box with their ramblings - They then turn to emailing when their comments get deleted and in some extreme cases create libellous blogs about the blogger that they are fixated on. These people are nuisances that are either extremely stupid to not recognise how extreme their behavior is or edging towards psychotic tendencies. They clearly have no life because if they did, they wouldn't be behaving in this manner.

Think you're the victim of a blog troll? Please email us!

Incidences of people being 'stalked' or 'trolled' by people that they have come into contact with as a result of their blogs are becoming more and more frequent.

Stop Blog Trolls has been set up due to a demand for people to know what or should I say 'who' is out there and because it's safety in numbers. Bloggers are not protected by Google who owns blogger for instance, and they aren't protected by the ISP's of the blog trolls, because, well they just don't care. It's a nightmare to deal with through the police because often an offender can be outside of their jurisdiction or are just plain elusive.

Bloggers have the right to blog without living in fear of a deluded blog trolls ramblings and threats. What Blog Trolls don't seem to recognise is that they are bullying and harrassing. Stop Blog Trolls wants to put together a code of conduct for people to put on their blogs, but will also offer the ability for bloggers to name and shame.

Knowledge is power and whilst we seem to be able to find out information on just about anything and everything, the beauty of being a blog troll is that the internet is so vast that you can troll to your hearts content and then when you've exhausted one victim, move on and start afresh without anyone knowing about your trolling past.

The very act of trolling or stalking via the net means that there is a trail of information that is being left behind by the offenders. This blog seeks to build up evidence of troll activity. It's not about speculating - the evidence speaks for itself.

We are keen to hear of any incidences and you're able to remain anonymous. Be sure to keep your evidence and not only will the blog trolls have to start feeling nervous about being outted, but ISP's and authorities are going to have to start paying attention.

The key thing is that if you are a victim of a blog troll, you are not alone. Please email if you have any questions or would like to inform us about a blog troll.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

OK, so I have the evidence on my troll. I sitemeter readout full of details about this person and I have their IP address etc. I know the email address to report abusers to at their ISP, but doubt they will be bothered about it. I have kept this evidence, but what should I do with it ?