In the days following Seattle's 29-3 win over San Fransisco, I have seen many comments covering many posts referring to, or poking fun at a particular poster from Niners Nation. Normally, I would not bother with things like this, but it seems it is getting out of hand, as people are purposely trying to bait this poster, even after said poster's hiatus. If you will: They are trolling the troll...
So, I am here to give some lessons about the internet. More specifically, people on the internet. Some people do not do well in the social setting. Sometimes a person's stature or appearance may have brought them bullying or ridicule in the social setting. Sometimes these people hold a grudge. Be it on their tormentor(s), or society, in general. Sometimes these people seek positions of power and/or authority to exact their payback (see: Napoleon Complex; aka Little Man's Syndrome). Sometimes these people use the anonymity of the internet to do so. This brings us to our lesson today: DON'T FEED THE TROLL.
How the current use of the term "Troll" or "Trolling" came about, I don't know. But, it is apt. In the Fairy Tale realm, it is advised not to feed the trolls. This is because when fed, the troll will not leave and will seek to be fed continuously. In the Internet realm, the concept is the same. A "Troll" will bait people into replying (feeding), then will keep baiting to keep being fed. The feed? Attention. The feeling of superiority. The suffering of others. Pick one (or all). The Internet Troll uses the vale of anonymity to seek what they desire without the fear of getting embarrassed or even roughed-up in public. They have free reign to say all the things they have bottled up inside with no physical repercussions.
Bullying is unfortunate, but everyone is bullied in some way, shape, or form. How we deal with it is what sets people apart. Some people just shrug it off, and go on their way. Some people will carry it like a chip on their shoulder. Some people will become the bully, and bully + internet = Troll.
It is important to recognize the bait of Trolls, so you do not fall in their trap. Recognition is mostly all one needs to deal with Trolls. Well, that and self-control. The best way to deal with the Troll is to ignore it. I know, that can be difficult as the Troll's only goal is to goad you into feeding it. They will say many things to annoy you and piss you off in the hopes that you will reply. You must resist. Go 'Hawks, and remember: Don't feed the Troll.