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Best way of dealing with trolling and misinformation?

Discussion in 'Site Feedback' started by willow_hiller, May 17, 2019.

  1. willow_hiller

    willow_hiller Member

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    I know a lot of forum veterans here seem to make extensive use of the ignore function, but I do worry about the effect that ignoring misleading information can have on new users coming here to TMC for authoritative answers. Trying to refute the users often just devolves into internet slap-fights, which probably also works to the advantage of any troll trying to turn away new users.

    There's obviously a very fine line between opposing opinions and misinformation, but what's the best way to deal with someone who is pretty clearly spreading baseless falsehoods?
     
  2. mblakele

    mblakele pre-jackpot member

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    Report the post(s)
     
  3. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    Yes, report the posts. Users actually trolling and purposefully spreading misinformation get banned. Problem is people reporting posts they simply disagree with which worsens the signal to noise ratio for moderators.
     
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