[hackerspaces] any recommendations for handling of a troll?

Kristin-Leigh Brezinski okrysmastree at gmail.com
Sun Jan 26 17:24:53 CET 2014

In my experience, trolls tire quickly and move on to a different target if
you just keep blocking their accounts and deleting their posts, and not
otherwise engaging with them at all. Once you start arguing with him, he's
going to become emotionally invested and then you'll have a much harder
time getting rid of him.

On Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 3:12 AM, Peter <ernstpeterboehm at gmail.com> wrote:

> hi,
> i am member of the small hackerspace in bremen/germany:
>  hackerspace-bremen.de
> here in bremen lives a person, an underemployed journalist, quite capable
> of writing, but only focused on old electronics - he is the inventor of the
> quote
> "Die heutigen Kids löten nicht mehr" - "The kids of today don't solder any
> more" (we have three soldering stations and more soldering irons..)
> He was trolling our public mailing list, always with similar arguments,
> killing some threads and causing disturbances. We kicked him from the
> mailing lists.
> He then threatened to use some pseudonyms to get access again.
> He is also active on some forums and on the usenet. there he started
> complaining about hackerspaces etc, embedded in his other thoughts.
> Now the question is:
> should we ignore him, or should we do something proactivly?
> He is learning-resistant, talking with him was never frugal and only a
> waste of time.
> my idea is always: act by what he does next, if he posts something bad
> anywhere, ridicule him. if he keeps quiet: excellent!
> any recommendations? is there an anti-troll-RFC or anything?
> have you encountered similar or other trolls, how did you handle them?
> greetings, peter
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