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I’m not sure if it was my admission to being a techie dimwit, but all of a sudden I’ve got piles of Spam with the letters RSS in it. Not to mention bullies holding forth around and about. For example:

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Well… I couldn’t have said it better myself. Quite right you are dear Spammy. The internet never ceases to amaze me. I suppose that it’s similar to “real life” where you get thieves and violent hoods who get up to nasty physical shenanigans. These guys are on the same level of pond life in the virtual world. I don’t know if these blog messages are harmful – I’m sure that they could be if you approved them. I think it was blog spam that ended in me having to bin a perfectly good computer because of one of those guys that worm in and hijack your system to beam out who knows what onto the world wide web, so I’m a bit more careful now with regular scans and so on.

Then there are the meany trolls who pop up on threads in various groups around and about, and viciously attack some poor innocent for no reason at all. This seems to me particularly true in writers groups. You’ll have one guy who just knows he could write Stephen King under the table and out of the door, and he will just as soon as he finishes his seven year edit on his first chapter. He will pick any random post and rip it apart, often insulting the scribbler of said post at a much deeper level. If this sort of thing isn’t nipped right in the bud I believe it can cause much harm to the person so attacked. This could totally shatter a newbie’s confidence.

Group moderators who condone this behaviour by continuing such “discussions”, and thereby giving credence to this troll’s vitriol are just as much to blame. Nope. There is never a place for this sort of behaviour and it is the job of moderators and admins to stop it right there. If what someone has posted offends you so deeply that you want to poke your own eyeballs out, get in touch with a moderator and tell them. Don’t just let rip with something like, “You rotten, disgusting, pompous idiot. My scrofulous green toenail has more talent…..”. Have a little compassion.

I don’t believe that ripping anyone to shreds in any public environment makes you look any better. Kind advice, well worded and not intended to insult goes much further. When I see that type of thing on any group I’m involved in, my blood boils, and I have to generally walk away for a bit to prevent myself sinking to levels best not plumbed and blasting the nasty sod off the face of the planet.

I reckon we should all stop taking ourselves so seriously that we feel justified in spamming and trolling – or whatever you want to call it. If the spammers spent as much time as they do spamming doing honest work, and used their tech savvy to try and build something instead of breaking things down, and the trolls spent more time eyeballing the boulders in their own eyeballs before spending so much time on the specks in others, they might get to create something brilliant and have people actually like and respect them, rather than quivering in terror whenever they enter a room. Life is just way too short. Now. I’m off to smell the roses. Flowers. Stuff.

Succulent Flowers

15 thoughts on “Pardon?!

    diannej65 said:
    November 27, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Very well said! If they would just put their ‘talents’ to good, positive use, who knows what they could do? I also agree with your thoughts on trolls in writing groups, but this doesn’t just happen on the web. There is a huge difference in constructive criticism and pulling something to pieces.


      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 27, 2013 at 7:09 am

      There really is Dianne. I remember when I published my very first short story – I was absolutely terrified – but I got some lovely feedback. Then I got an email from someone who had taken the trouble to completely rewrite it. He suggested that I try reading books printed after the eighteen hundreds too because I was just not modern enough. That almost stopped me writing altogether. Strange people out there. 🙂


        diannej65 said:
        November 27, 2013 at 8:18 am

        Happened to me in a real life group. I left because that wasn’t what I wanted or needed. I need constructive advice not someone to do a re-write. I have been so tempted to go back and say to that particular person, ‘this is how crap my writing is I’ve had a story (about to be) published and I have had some fantastic feedback, encouragement and advice from real authors. I was told that this particular person was very jealous and had said as much to another group member, but I still haven’t been back.


          jorobinson176 responded:
          November 28, 2013 at 7:44 am

          You’re right to stay away – those people thrive on conflict. You’ve done brilliantly on your own and you don’t need to answer to anyone – least of all that jealous, spiteful troll. Will done!


    Menopausal Miss said:
    November 27, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Reblogged this on The Whimsical Musings of a Menopausal Miss and commented:
    Hear! Hear!


    ailsaabrahamwp said:
    November 27, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Absolutely. Been on the receiving end myself and it was frightful. Never want to go through a month or so like that ever again. Fortunately my friends stuck up for me. Reblogged on my own blog. Needs to be shared


      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 28, 2013 at 7:41 am

      Thanks Ailsa! I know what you mean – to be honest, my experience is probably the reason I’m not partial to spending a lot of time on Facebook. The memory never leaves.


    The Story Reading Ape said:
    November 27, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Absolutely Spot On Jo – I can always tell how well my blog is doing by the increase of spam comments it receives – I have the WP spam protection activated and set all comments for my approval before they get published, just in case a spammer hits on the best formula to get his mumbo jumbo past the spam protector 🙂

    Regards “authors” and “reviewers” who attack someone else’s work – I notify the relevant organisation about the “comment” and delete any inadvertent connection with them immediately AND make a note NEVER to even consider reading their “genius inspired literary blockbuster” – even if it is free and comes with gold wrapping and a diamond studded bow (the latter would, of course find itself on ebay – well an ape needs to finance his need for bananas somehow LOL)

    Regards “Cyber Trolls” – they give REAL Trolls a bad name, don’t you think?


      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 28, 2013 at 7:39 am

      Agreed totally! Real trolls are cute by comparison. I’ve got a book about trolls & there’s a lovely pic in there of a troll holding and elf or something’s bum against a grindstone. Much less painful than what the cyber nasties get up to! 😀


    Lawrence Grodecki said:
    November 27, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    This reminds me of an online discussion from a couple of years ago, but in an artists forum, not a writers’ one.

    The hot topic of the day was whether the dimensions of a dimensions of a picture should be described using the vertical first or the horizontal first. Is that a 20 x 16 or a 16 x 20? It didn’t take long to discover that “real artists” – the “professionals” – always start with the vertical.

    This was made clear by about 50% of those involved. The other 50% pointed out the fact that the opposite is true. It astounded me that the discussion never seemed to end, and I’m sure it continues today.

    I tried to move the topic to something much more important, which whether imperial measurements should precede the metric equivalent. Almost 100% of the artists abstained from the issue, so we never got around to the topic of rounding . . . “here bully, bully, bully!” 🙂


      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 28, 2013 at 7:37 am

      LOL! Still going on to this day…. Ha haaa! I wouldn’t be surprised – some of these guys really love their own words. 😀


        Lawrence Grodecki said:
        November 28, 2013 at 9:39 am

        I suppose . . . these days I wonder why they even bothered putting the “for” in forum . . . some times they’re just a den for “lion”! 🙂


    jorobinson176 responded:
    November 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Funny Lawrence! I like Hyena Den though – lions are a bit less thick skulled. 😀


    Seumas Gallacher said:
    November 30, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Reblogged this on Seumas Gallacher and commented:
    …good friend Author Jo Robinson brings a timely reminder of the scourge of troll spammers . especially at this time of the year 🙂


      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 30, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing Seamus! Grin, grin, grin!! 😀


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