Linked by Howard Fosdick on Wed 25th Jan 2012 06:58 UTC
Editorial Why do people troll? Can we prevent trolling or limit the damage trolls do? Here are some thoughts on trollology derived from academic studies and web research.
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My response is that (a) we shouldn't try to find a technological means to prevent trolling, because some trolling has a point and we need to protect free speech and that's impossible anyhow, and (b) crowd moderation is also freedom of expression, so we should let the jerky trolls get modded down.

Remember, just because someone has the freedom to express themself doesn't mean anyone has to listen to them. And that's true regardless of whether or not they (think they) have a useful point to make.

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