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Ric Gillespie

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Zero Tolerance for Trolls
« on: March 04, 2013, 02:10:27 PM »

Ancient charts often bore the warning "Hic Sunt Dracones" (Here Be Dragons).  Users of this forum are cautioned Hic Sunt Trollanes (Here Be Trolls). 
TIGHAR welcomes reasoned debate and fact-based criticism but it is a sad fact of life that popular forums like this one inevitably attract a few individuals who get their kicks by being disruptive - arguing absurd points of evidence just to clutter the discussion or sow dissension.  Trolls, when unmasked and banned, often return under aliases and will even masquerade under multiple names and engage in conversations with themselves so as to create the impression of consensus on some ridiculous allegation or criticism.

In the past, TIGHAR has largely ignored trolls who return under false names, allowing them to think their game is undiscovered and banning them only when they revert to their old ways - but no more.  Our time, and your time, is too valuable to waste. Henceforth, trolls will be banned without warning as soon as they are discovered.
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Dave McDaniel

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Re: Zero Tolerance for Trolls
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2013, 05:28:31 PM »

Excellent, although this will no-doubt take extra time and effort that could be better spent for yourself and the other moderators. These disruptions result in inaccurate information, animosity, hurt feelings and does not represent the forum in a positive way to new comers who may want to contribute. You never know, one of those new comers may hold the key to the smoking gun or smoking landing gear or...

LTM,
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Ric Gillespie

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Re: Zero Tolerance for Trolls
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2013, 05:35:41 PM »

Excellent, although this will no-doubt take extra time and effort that could be better spent for yourself and the other moderators.

Thank you Dave. Actually, this will be a net savings in time and effort.
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John B. Shattuck

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Re: Zero Tolerance for Trolls
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2013, 09:52:54 AM »

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Thank you Dave. Actually, this will be a net savings in time and effort.

Indeed!  For all of us...

Ric and Admin team;
I have long been impressed by the reasoned, informed debate as well as dissenting opinion welcomed to the forum.  Tough to filter the trolls without being accused of censoring dissent but it has to be done; trust that we know the difference.  Keep up the good work.

JB
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Ric Gillespie

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Re: Zero Tolerance for Trolls
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2013, 10:02:24 AM »

Tough to filter the trolls without being accused of censoring dissent but it has to be done; trust that we know the difference.

The accusations will come, no doubt, but yes, we trust the forum to appreciate the difference between reasoned dissent and willful disruption.
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Monty Fowler

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Re: Zero Tolerance for Trolls
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2013, 02:58:20 PM »

Now ... if only we could have something like this in academia at times ...

But then, why spoil all the nail-biting excitement?

LTM, who only trolls with his trusty Zebco,
Monty Fowler, TIGHAR No. 2189 CER
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