Pointing Out Trolling is Name Calling

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by wovel, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. wovel, Sep 23, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2013

    wovel macrumors 68000

    Mar 15, 2010
    I pointed out an obvious troll was trolling and I received a warning for name calling. This is not the first time it has happened. This is not name calling. I am not calling him an ugly green monster. I am pointing out their post was trolling. You will say it is a personal attack instead of discussing what he said. While I disagree with that position, it is no different than calling someone a fanboy.

    In a 30 second scan of the same thread I found 6 people refer to others or the forum users in general as fan boys. Were all of those people sent warnings? The forum would be much better served by moderators that moderated obvious trolls instead of warning people who are doing that job for them.

    I give the mods permission to look at my history as i want to discuss current moderation. I am sure I will now be banned for posting sensible feedback in the feedback forum.
  2. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
    If you think someone is trolling then just report them.
  3. wovel thread starter macrumors 68000

    Mar 15, 2010
    I have done this in the past, and always give up because they continue to troll without any noticeable interruption.

    My real issue (and the point of my feedback) is that calling someones post trolling is not name calling. Period.
  4. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    The forum rules are fairly clear about name calling. You cannot call someone a troll or any other negative/derogatory term. Calling someone a fanboy, directly, is also not allowed.

    If you see rules violations, please use the Report ([​IMG]) button to bring it to our attention.

  5. annk Administrator


    Staff Member

    Apr 18, 2004
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    What SandboxGeneral posted is correct.

    Since you've given explicit permission, I've taken a look. The records show that you've called other members "troll" at least three times:

    • June 29, 2010 ("Ahh but you are a troll :rolleyes:") No moderation reaction, but it was deleted.
    • October 28, 2011 ("He's a troll, always has been. He is actually a good candidate for troll picture in the dictionary.")
    • Sept 23, 2013 ("Your not a very good troll")

    You received a reminder for the second violation, with the following message:

    You only received a reminder, and the message asking you to act differently in the future was polite.

    As far as other members' posts, there are no doubt posts in the forums that are rules violations. If they are still visible or unedited, we didn't see them or they weren't brought to our attention via reports. Every member is responsible for his own posts, however, so you can't use someone else's violation to justify your own.

    The moderation that was done to your post today was not only appropriate under our rules, it was lenient Moderation is escalated with each violation, so you could have been issued a warning. The moderators sent the mildest reaction possible.

    You don't have to agree with these rules, but you agreed to read and accept them as part of the registration agreement. So we do expect you to follow them.

    It's late here now, so I'm signing off for the night.

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