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Old 06-30-2014, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Vegas
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Date: June 27, 2014
Source: University of Utah

As someone who haunts online political discussion forums I can attest to this.

The problem is simple - anonymity! They hide behind unreal user names and avatars and fear no retribution for their cruel remarks and personal attacks.

Some site administrators and moderators do try to curb this but it's an overwhelming task. I know of one site that folded because it got too nasty, verging on libel.

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Anyone who’s ever ventured into the comments section of a news website has likely observed some unfriendly exchanges. Now research has confirmed just how common such behavior is. The study found that more than 1 in 5 comments included some form of incivility, with name-calling as the most prevalent type.
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:32 AM
 
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It's very common. Locally, the Las Vegas Sun and the Review Journal newspapers outsourced their online comments section due to this type of behavior. I believe MSN even did away with theirs entirely.
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:36 AM
 
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Originally Posted by sargentodiaz View Post
Date: June 27, 2014
Source: University of Utah

As someone who haunts online political discussion forums I can attest to this.

The problem is simple - anonymity! They hide behind unreal user names and avatars and fear no retribution for their cruel remarks and personal attacks.

Some site administrators and moderators do try to curb this but it's an overwhelming task. I know of one site that folded because it got too nasty, verging on libel.

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Read more @ How common are cruel comments posted to online news sites? -- ScienceDaily
I believe this is why a lot of sites are connecting their forum to facebook. If you want to post, you have to log in with your facebook account. Once the anonymity is removed, people are less apt to leave hateful remarks.
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:39 AM
 
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I believe this is why a lot of sites are connecting their forum to facebook. If you want to post, you have to log in with your facebook account. Once the anonymity is removed, people are less apt to leave hateful remarks.
Unless you use a fake name and FB page...just to be as nasty as you would like.
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:43 AM
 
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Unless you use a fake name and FB page...just to be as nasty as you would like.
I didn't say it was a 100% foolproof idea, but I know on my local newspaper, the insults have definitely gone down.
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:52 AM
 
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Unless you use a fake name and FB page...just to be as nasty as you would like.
Why would anyone want to be a deliberate troll?
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:00 PM
 
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Why would anyone want to be a deliberate troll?
It happens.
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Cold Springs, NV
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I read about a homeless man that was beaten in my hometown, and some of the comments were horrible. IE: "he deserved it" "great, now the tax payer must pick up the medical" and on and on. I was amazed how many could be so callous to a man who's greatest fault was being unfortunate.
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Vegas
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Why would anyone want to be a deliberate troll?
You have to realize that there is a system whereby alerts go out to a circle of posters when certain topics are started. They then go to their playbook to respond according to the organizations they belong to. Many of those responses are carefully scripted.

When their positions are attacked, they instantly go into the assault mode which includes viscous personal attacks.

That is what moderators and administrators are faced with.
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:10 PM
 
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Why would anyone want to be a deliberate troll?
There was some sort of study about that. I don't have the link handy.

I guess we can all be grateful that these people get out their aggression online and don't end up doing something in real-life as heinous as their online posts would suggest.

That said, I've gotten into heated discussions and been mod-slapped once or twice. Not for name calling though.

In my local forum, some random new guy on the forum wanted to know where he could buy a handgun without the registration / background check. Some "helpful" poster who is a frequent visitor to my hometown, but does NOT live here, told this random guy where he obtained his. I might have said "Too bad you didn't shoot yourself in the face with it."

I later cooled off and apologized. I just didn't think it was cool of him to be telling someone he doesn't even know how to obtain an unregistered weapon in someone else's community.

I'm a Second Amendment rights supporter, like most Nevadans, but this guy really pissed me off. Would I have said that to his face? Probably, but with some expletives that hit the filter here.
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