What Is Your Quest?

I’ve been watching events unfold over on the IMDb message board the past few days, so I’d like to throw out some general thoughts regarding Trolls.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

Trolling: a style of fishing in which one trails bait through a likely spot, hoping for a bite.

 

To a troll, any attention is good attention, especially if it gets their target group heated enough to forget themselves and unleash their knowledge of a beloved subject/person in a fit of passion. This gives them ample opportunity to scoff at your dedication while showcasing their (believed) superior wit. Do not give them what they want. Do not feed the trolls; they will starve if they are not acknowledged. That means ignoring and not responding to anything they have to say, and I mean anything.

 

Fili has blonde hair, Kili has brown; get it right!

I’ve watched these types of dramatics many times in various circumstances. Commenters, who don’t even have an interest in the beloved subject matter (in this case, Richard Armitage) will throw out seemingly innocent comments that they know will incite.

 

Ignore! Ignore! Ignore!
Do not engage…even to try and keep the peace.

 

 

They may come in standing on a solid platform at the beginning of the disagreement but their behavior swiftly tears the wrappings away and reveals truly rotten foundations. Would you waste your time on a forum whose subject matter you weren’t even interested in? Don’t let their petty need for attention darken your happy Hobbit hole.

 

the-hobbit

that was not meant as a euphemism, boys!

My advice would be to block them & pretend that they don’t exist. If you’re worried that they are spreading slanderous lies about Richard and disrespecting his privacy, their reach is very small. Do you believe everything you read in comments? If you care, you investigate further. Those who are gullible enough to believe anything are just passing through anyway. The ones who care will seek out the truth.

 

A troll’s audience are the lurkers. when you respond, you become players in their show; don’t be a tool.

 

Now does anyone know the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

I’m asking for a friend.

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12 thoughts on “What Is Your Quest?

  1. 24 miles an hour (I had to look it up.) I was unfamiliar with the phrase so I did what I do when I don’t know the answer Googled it! I’m sure you asked tongue in cheek but this is my attempt at being humorous.

    On the topic of trolls I agree 100%. I try not to get involved or answer anything done to incite. My son warned me of trolls (and flaming) before I ever spent much time on the internet.

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    • is that an African or European swallow? ๐Ÿ˜›

      I grew up with an annoying older brother. one word: reaction. no reaction=no fun. no fun=moving on to greener pastures.

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      • European. I’m assuming you got it from Monty Python and it was not a real question, right ๐Ÿ˜‰

        I agree IRL as well. If you give someone attention, even if it is negative attention, that is all that some people want. Personally I prefer positive attention or none at all.

        I forgot to mention I love your graphics too!

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        • yes, it’s from Monty Python ๐Ÿ˜€
          I’ve never understood the negative attention thing. I personally do not like to make people mad or hurt their feelings on purpose, why anyone would strive to do those things to the extent that some people do (especially online) is beyond me. no matter how they think it makes them appear, they just look mean, from any angle. who wants to be around someone who is mean? not me.

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          • I was with someone who became mean for 18 years (12 of it married.) I have had enough mean to last me a lifetime. I avoid it like the plague. BTW to show you what a novice I am with fandoms I had no idea IMDB has a message board until you mentioned it tonight. Learn something new every day ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Cill says:

    I too glanced and fled in horror. I used to think that imdb was one of the nicest place on the net to talk about RA, or even be a lurker or outsider looking in like me. Now it’s like they’ve brought DL to imdb whole – not just the disrespectful speculation, but the insults to everyone on the board, and off.

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    • Cill says:

      You forgot one characteristic of trolls, though. Some of them them are major hypocrites as well as bullies. They constantly accuse others of being mean, while they themselves have a history of bullying across multiple communities.

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