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FACT: Ignore Trolls And They'll Go Away - VIDEO


Beware, commenters.

New research out of Stanford and Cornell may be helpful in identifying and wiping out trolls for good, reports TIME.

Troll_nicht_fuettern_gruenAnalyzing more than 40 million posts by around 1.7 million users over 18 months, it was discovered that trolls write differently than everyone else, often going off topic (sound familiar?) and saying more negative things.

In addition, trolls were found to make more comments per day and post more times on each thread.

The research also identifies the process by which (possibly) decent people gradually become the bane of everyone’s existence: they start off surly, are met with opposition, get pissed off and finally go into conniptions when their posts are deleted.

Unfortunately, the study doesn’t consider sarcastic super-trolls who “purposefully ask overly naive questions or state contrary viewpoints.”

Ultimately, it turns out that if you subscribe to the “ignore them, they’ll go away” school of thought, you are absolutely correct - trolls “receive more replies than average users, suggesting that they might be successful in luring others into fruitless, time-consuming discussions.”

Discover exactly why you've morphed into a troll, AFTER THE JUMP...

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My Third Detour On Towleroad


Happy Independence Day, fellow Americans. Happy Sunday, everyone else. I'll be minding Towleroad in Andy's absence beginning tomorrow morning through the end of the day on Thursday. I plan to post regularly and will toss in some longer reads I've been working on as well. I look forward to your comments. Please feel free to send suggestions directly to me here.


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