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How do you handle bullies on Sodahead and the internet?

ANGEL 2012/08/05 17:19:31
I report the abusers
Ignore them
Block them
Fight back
Other thoughts...
All of the above
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I may have asked a similar question before - but I found a good article that addresses this issue: http://www.technolog.msnbc.msn.com/technology/technolog/how-d...

"The Internet began as a pure place, free of malice and bad manners. Today,
rudeness and horror abound." One of the things suggested is to report any abuse. (I do all the time)

Another suggestion: "The moral high road isn't fun...Ignore them....The silent
treatment is the best way to make a bully bored—and when they're bored, they'll
move on in search of a better reaction."

I have been stalked by a few fanatics on SH because of my involvement in Scientology, and I agree with that suggestion -- the best way to handle the bullies is to ignore them.

Of course there is always the option to block them. I've used this option for the hard-core stalkers.

And of course there is always the option to "Fight Back". This article suggests that the counterattack "is risky, and perhaps even ill-advised, but a troll can be shocked into submission by the power of your own
typing...Will it potentially make your situation exponentially worse? Yes. But is there a perverse joy in fighting it out online?...Just be ready for a long engagement that publicly
degrades everyone involved."

What method do you use to handle the bullies on SH and on the internet?
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  • Sadisticon 2012/08/07 08:37:54
    Ignore them
    Sadisticon
    +1
    SH bullies love attention and feedback - it is their source of power. Deprived of the validating relevance of a response they wither and die as they deserve.
  • Vision of Verve 2012/08/07 04:58:31
  • Donald Eric Kesler 2012/08/06 21:23:11
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    Donald Eric Kesler
    I would not consider anyone I have interacted with on Sodahead a bully. This is a forum that allows for a textual exchange of thoughts, opinions and a few facts. To be certain, the occasional insult gets tossed into the exchange, but I have not read anything too terrible.
  • Magical 2012/08/06 21:12:51
    Ignore them
    Magical
    +3
    Usually, they are only looking for attention. They glean their power from that. I ignore them. They are not worth my while.

    ignore
  • Demoness 2012/08/06 14:26:12
    Block them
    Demoness
    +1
    I often fight back til they bore me then I block them mid fight leaving them fuming...
  • freespire 2012/08/06 09:06:12
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    freespire
    +1
    I let them show other who they are by their own actions and word :-)
  • Rob Williams 2012/08/06 08:30:39
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    Rob Williams
    +1
    I usually just smile quietly to myself that they must have such shallow lives that this is important to them!

    Then I'll wind them up a bit if I can be bothered!
  • Sophie 2012/08/06 05:56:46
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    Sophie
    +1
    For the most part ignore unless I feel complled to respond in some way.
  • SteamTrunkDolly 2012/08/06 05:25:50
    All of the above
    SteamTrunkDolly
    +1
    That about covers it!
  • Nika 2012/08/06 05:17:35
    Ignore them
    Nika
    +1
    Ignore 'em. Always worked for me, in reality and internet alike.
  • Revkae 2012/08/06 04:50:23
    I report the abusers
    Revkae
    +1
    If I have a bully come after me, I respond with smiling kindness.I block them and If they continue into private mail, then I bring them before the Boards ruling. Simple as that. Bullies get off on intimidation. Well, I just say- keep it up and hang yourself. I never fight Back, because #1- it exascerbates the situation. #2- It makes me as ugly as they are, and, #3-I might be kicked off as well. Two bullies never win.
  • ANGEL Revkae 2012/08/06 14:43:36
    ANGEL
    Great points, Rekae - especially point #2. Thanks for responding.
  • kobidobidog 2012/08/06 04:50:23
    All of the above
    kobidobidog
    I am not into the habit of blocking. All I can do is give them truth in the KJV to show them their error. If they do not heed it it is their soul they are treating like a filthy rag.
  • Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC 2012/08/06 04:31:24
    All of the above
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    +1
    Actually it's a surprise cuz I act differently every time. :)
  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2012/08/06 02:15:00
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    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +1
    Most of the above. Bullies don't bother me, but if I see someone who seems to be upset, I'll report on their behalf. I don't block, but I ignore or fight back depending.

    If possible, I laugh at them and belittle them (something like "My 9-yo grandson is better informed than you are. Lmao."). Then ignore them. :)

    Sometimes I just say "I stated my opinion, and I don't care whether you like it or not."

    If they message you privately, report them and tell SH what the thread was that they took private. In my experience SH will do nothing because they're fairly loose about letting insults and stupid comments stand, but it's worth a try and might establish a pattern if others do the same thing.
  • VERYwiseguy 2012/08/06 00:59:58
    Ignore them
    VERYwiseguy
    +1
    Silence is sometimes the best answer they'll find others to take the bait.
  • Catch224u 2012/08/06 00:16:21
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    Catch224u
    +2
    I tell my Mommy.
  • ANGEL Catch224u 2012/08/06 04:03:00
    ANGEL
    +1
    Can I have your mommy's phone number so I can tell her when I'm bullied?
  • Jammie Carleson-Turner 2012/08/05 23:59:27
    All of the above
    Jammie Carleson-Turner
    +1
    I don't tolerate bullies.
  • ParkMan 2012/08/05 23:17:22 (edited)
    Ignore them
    ParkMan
    Ctrl-f4 kills the window.
  • Piper 2012/08/05 22:56:06
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    Piper
    +1
    Sometimes I ignore them, and sometimes I "fight back". I've encountered some insulting 'bullies' on SH; usually they insult and block, so you can't fight back......
  • Radical Ed 2012/08/05 22:45:57 (edited)
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    Radical Ed
    +1
    i watch and decide whether to laugh or troll the bully. also, the internet is in the wild west stage of its life so we can expect this for several more years until things die down.
  • Alex 2012/08/05 22:16:07
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    Alex
    +1
    I have a good laugh.
  • 4dc 2012/08/05 21:47:47
    Ignore them
    4dc
    +2
    how do you "bully" someone online? it's just an idiot typing?
  • Bibliophilic 2012/08/05 21:14:11
    Ignore them
    Bibliophilic
    +1
    get a life

    That's what I tend to think.
  • jubil8 ... Bibliop... 2012/08/06 02:17:34
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    How bouts you stfu since you have nothing useful to say.
  • ANGEL jubil8 ... 2012/08/06 04:05:14
    ANGEL
    Wow! Why would you say that? He answered the question. Whats the problem?
  • John Hall 2012/08/05 20:56:30
    Fight back
    John Hall
    +1
    You get back at the bully by not giving up or giving in .
  • tblackb 2012/08/05 20:50:10
    Ignore them
    tblackb
    +1
    i simply ignore them
  • william raggett 2012/08/05 20:34:46
    Ignore them
    william raggett
    +2
    They aren't worth wasting time on
  • Jada_Ringo 2012/08/05 20:09:33
    Fight back
    Jada_Ringo
    I don't shy away from an argument. If you're going to try to force your opinion upon me, tell me I'm an idiot, and try and laugh at me so that I don't respond, you better have some evidence to back yourself up. I'm not going to back away and go cry.
  • ticlo7 2012/08/05 19:39:13
    Fight back
    ticlo7
    +1
    Actually most of the time I do ignore them, but sometimes I annoy them instead for the fun of it. Trollers/bullies are actually the ones to get the most worked up if you know what to say!
  • jubil8 ... ticlo7 2012/08/06 02:20:20
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +1
    Indeed they are! And it can be fun. Usually it's boring though -- they have nothing.
  • ticlo7 jubil8 ... 2012/08/06 11:37:10
    ticlo7
    +1
    True, but it gets boring for them too so they end up leaving. It's a win-win situation if you play it right.
  • Chris- Demon of the PHAET 2012/08/05 19:35:18
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    Chris- Demon of the PHAET
    +2
    Depends on how I feel that day. Generally I ignore them because I truly have no interest in what they're saying. Sometime I will argue with them if the argument interests me. If I'm bored I will play them for as long as I find it funny.
    Bottom line is there many interesting people on SH with interesting things to say so why waste time on a jack-ass?
  • Zammo 2012/08/05 19:28:45
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    Zammo
    Never had a problem.
  • Brownielover504 2012/08/05 19:26:34
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    Brownielover504
    you cant be the vic. unless u play the vic....wat ever they sy i pt them in there place with facts and fter i said what i needed to say i ay have a nice day or a good day and g n abt my day
  • Kitsune Touhou 2012/08/05 19:13:26
    Ignore them
    Kitsune Touhou
  • Doc 2012/08/05 19:02:56
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    Doc
    i've never reported anyone to SH. But I usually mock them enough so they'll block me. And then I block them back.

    I'm very good at insults, even if I ain't the brightest bulb on the chandelier
  • Doc Doc 2012/08/05 19:04:50
    Doc
    +2
    On a side note, I always start off with niceness.

    "Only the weak are cruel, it takes real strength to be gentle."

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