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Does anyone have any experience curtailing discussions with trolls by posting something along the lines of "this appears to be trolling or a silencing tactic [link to relevant material]" or "this appears to be a threat and there is no reason to reply directly [link to wiki page discussing this type of situation]"?

I've never actually tried this, but it seems to address many of the concerns with ignoring trolls entirely (doesn't condone trolling, provides info for newcomers, seems unlikely to encourage trolling).

Thoughts/experiences? 06:26, October 28, 2014 (UTC)Mike

Yes, I do this all the time. I find it to be effective in that if the troll replies, usually they're unable to control their bluster at having been seen for what they are; also, onlookers who may be less experienced with online culture get to learn that that funny feeling they're having has a name. Monadic (talk) 17:51, October 28, 2014 (UTC)

Nice. I think it's worth updating this page with that as a suggestion as it seems pretty actionable. Do you have a good resource of common replies to frequent comments, or could we start the construction of one? It seems like that would be a useful resource for teaching people how to deal with trolls as well as educating onlookers in an effective way.
Arkenflame (talk) 02:10, October 29, 2014 (UTC)