On Tumblr, trolling is a constant problem, though it happens through the messages bloggers get. I’ve had my fair share of trolls, but thankfully, the number is very low. Cannot say the same for others, who are simply provoking discussion or providing a place for readers to share their experiences. Also, beware of trolls who become abusive; those are the ones to report in the event they become vitriolic.
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Your blog is your space, and you get to define what behavior is acceptable — and not acceptable. This great advice from our in-house Miss Manners, Elizabeth Urello, is worth a second read.
For as long as there have been blogs, there have been trolls. A troll is a commenter who hangs around your blog for the sheer purpose of annoying and goading you and your other readers.
Trolling is quite different from merely being critical. Obviously, not all of your readers are going to agree with you about everything, but a troll’s comments will rarely have anything to do with the topic at hand. For example, say you review a certain book you like. Someone might comment that she thinks it is an overrated work and doesn’t understand why anyone likes it. That’s not trolling. Even a comment as abrupt as “I’ve always hated…
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