[hackerspaces] any recommendations for handling of a troll?

Elger Jonker elger.jonker at gmail.com
Sun Jan 26 19:18:31 CET 2014

"the only winning move is not to play" --> from the song:

Also read here to out-troll the troll:

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From: Peter <ernstpeterboehm at gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 12:12 PM
Subject: [hackerspaces] any recommendations for handling of a troll?
To: discuss at lists.hackerspaces.org


i am member of the small hackerspace in bremen/germany:

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
"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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Elger Jonker
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