I find it hilarious that so many people forget the first rule of troll avoidance. Here it is again for those of you who missed it the first time.
Step One: Shut up.
Its that simple. Given our current state of shitty social media. From youtube to DA, all it takes is to not respond. Eventually the troll gives up and moves on. Self-reinforcement is the key, and without the ability to track multiple conversations without losing your place and therefore requiring a lot of work bookmarking parent threads, its damn hard to find where one rant started and another one disappeared. Have you ever noticed on youtube, that it doesn't track more than one reply at a time? Or DA's comment non-tracking where if you don't hear back from someone its nearly impossible to find out where that comment was posted from and what's going on in other forks of that reply chain?
Step Two: Don't block.
People don't like being locked out. So what gives a person more incentive to go on the offensive? BAN LISTS! Anyone who hasn't figured this out is a complete moron. Yeah, pardon me while I go hop on TOR and pretend I'm in China as a different user account. If you think trolls don't do this, then welcome to the Internet, enjoy your stay. The more you ban, the angrier they get. See step one.
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