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Tips on How to Deal With Nasty Trolls

Say the Magic Words

Tree Langdon
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3 min readMay 9, 2020


Photo by Bee Felten-Leidel on Unsplash

When I was growing up, a troll was someone that lived under a bridge or in a dank mountain cave. In fairy tales, they were traditionally two-faced and tended to enjoy creating chaos.

The Cambridge Dictionary online defines trolling as one who will: “try to catch fish by pulling a baited line through the water behind a boat”.

That sounds a lot like someone trolling on the internet today.

A troll tends to be someone who tries to start an argument online. Often they do that by posting criticism on your article or by making controversial statements. Sometimes they will personally attack you.

My basic strategy includes the following Magic words:

Ignore — Document — Block — Report — Delete


The first rule is the hardest to follow. Don’t engage.

Just because someone comments on your article, it doesn’t mean you have to respond. What you wrote is your opinion. What they’re writing is theirs. You don’t have to agree.

They want you to respond. They want to engage you in an argument, as they insult you or your…



Tree Langdon

I write stories, and poetry, and create sketches inspired by my dreams for the world.