How to Keep Trolls From Ruining an Excellent Site.

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Introduction: How to Keep Trolls From Ruining an Excellent Site.

About: Well, I am mostly a family man, which means I use "hanging out with the family" as an excuse to get less of my projects started, and a fraction of the started ones finished. I try to be passionate about wha...

We all know that some people cannot stand creativity and success, and they will do their utmost to ruin everyone else's good time. Someone got a bug under their skin and decided to ruin things for everyone. My young daughter has an account on this site, and I have to limit her interactivity while this Troll is about.
There is ONE THING and ONE THING only that will stop a Troll: Make it boring. If trolling this site becomes the most boring thing in the world, he/she will stop. We can all clearly see that their contributions are useless and pointless, but we still give them attention. If we no longer feed that need, they will go elsewhere for it.

Please Don't Feed the Trolls!

Bore them!! Give the troll no reason to bother us. Even the most sensical of comments gives the troll a reason to 'Be', and to continue posting drivel. Dan and the others can only spend so much time policing fools like this one, let's help make it easy by NOT feeding the trolls. :-)

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    I love killing trolls. it is so satisfying. A word from the wise: NEVER ENTER AN ARGUMENT YOU CANNOT COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY WIN.

    all i can say is that i agrree with everybody here...

    Actually, at first I was a little 'wtf?' and pissed but now I find it completely entertaining. The guy is a total nut job. I love the fact he's certain he's going to win the camera, you know.. for the comp that ended nearly two weeks ago (o; god bless him.

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    Yeah, it is funny because he's silly, but when he got foul-mouthed it stopped being comical. I am a little concerned that he may take at least a T-shirt in the contest... are late entries allowed if they shine brightly enough? :-)

    I'm sure late entries are allowed but he's going to have to post details on the pertual motion machine before the instructables team take note. How many times has he re-posted.... wait.. we're talking about him... dammit!

    'It's' returned. :(

    Many Thanks to the instructables administrator/s for removing 'Wolverine' from this awesome site. His Troll posts were really starting to get under my skin, and the good management of this site has inspired me to post my recent project on this site, as i have not had the inclination to do so in the past.

    It's more work for the people running the site, but they should hold the projects off the site after they've been submitted until they're improved by someone who works for the site. For bad comments al they can do is delete them after the fact, but they can use their .htaccess file to block the site to people who have trolled it.

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    I suggest using not the staff members, but a group of "previewers" who would rate and comment on the new projects before they were sent live. Once rated above a three out of ten, it gets allowed to be seen and commented on by non-previewers. Staff would then only need to review the lowest scores for deletion (or, indeed, leave them to be improved if willing is shown), and those that were flagged up by someone as naughty, rather than "trolling" through all of them.

    I really hate this idea! I'd much prefer to have to wade through some nonsensical submissions to get to the good stuff than to have a committe decide which ideas/projects are good enough to be seen. I've had several bursts of inspirations from half-formed project submissions that omitted all the real details. Information wants to be free!

    in the bug reports -- its been mentioned that they've been working on a rating system... So junk will be removed by the viewers who rate it poorly... It works well with other sites without the cost of approving everything that gets posted...

    eh...so who's the troll?