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Response to tulipsandroses (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 30, 2019, 12:56 PM

8. I ignore their troll status.

If they're saying something I think is wrong, I'll rebut it. Do I care that they don't engage? No. I try to make my posts self-contained, so even when I go back and see responses I often have nothing to add. Sometimes I learn things, sometimes I find the response(s) trollish or ill-informed, sometimes I find that my argument doesn't hold water when addition things are pointed out. (And sometimes they're just misunderstood, for all the self-containedness.)

Sometimes I don't. Just went past a post that sharply misrepresented what somebody in office had said, with the usual pile on confirming the misrepresentation because it let complainers complain. I can't tell the difference, often, between an artful troll and an unartful non-troll.

The reason for the rebuttal often isn't because I think I'll change the mind of the poster, whatever the post may appear to be. It's to point out to others what I think is the problem with a post. Because people like to think quick and easy and are all too willing to pile on an unpopular bit of truthy floss, or condemn an unpopular bit of teeth-cleaning truth.

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