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September 25, 2004

Into every blog a troll must fall...

For the last few days I've been dealing with a troll trying to stir up trouble in one of the comments areas.

It started after I posted the story the other day about the woman I saw while I was out the other day who was screaming at her child and yanking it around. The troll started posting with this:

"Extending your hand to help someone during an obviously stressful time would be the Christ-like thing to do. That is if your a Christ-filled person!"

It's "you are" but that's fine. I get the point.

In the email that bounced back to me, since Trolls are cowardly and never post their real email addresses, I pointed out that it was my understanding in the church I grew up in that children should be protected and showered with love, not physical or verbal abuse. (Which I'm pretty sure everyone who saw the incident would agree it was.)

How exactly I'm supposed to lend a helping hand the the situation is beyond me. Yell at the child for the mother? Take a shot at swinging the kid around by the other arm? I didn't realize the Stretch Armstrong potential of small children. The stressful situation I saw wasn't the child's fault, it was parent who let things go too far.

When the email bounced back I assumed it was a crank and deleted the post.

Alas the Troll came back out from under the bridge:

"Why do you keep erasing my comment? Are you feeling the pressure? Or, could it be that your really NOT a "Christ-Filled Person", oh well!"

(I'm still trying to figure out the "Christ Filled" part. I guess it's my Methodist upbringing that is throwing me a curve. Anyone got a clue?)

Do me a favor. If you know the Troll sitting under the bridge at IP Address or tell them to move on. We have a very clear policy:

We don't pay tolls to Trolls at the Special Project.

It seems the trolls are travelling in packs. I've had to delete a few more comments from various IP addresses. (I'll update the list tonight.) I've filed appropriate complaint letters with service providers. In a few cases someone's been dumb enough to post from their place of work so I've filed complaints with their places of business. (I can't imagine their IT departments will be thrilled.)

Posted by Jim at September 25, 2004 02:54 PM