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How To Actually Stop Trolling

So, I have agreements and disagreements with Lindy's long screed about trolling, but suffice to say, while I agree in sentiment, the solution is never to fight back like she is suggesting. True trolls are like children throwing a temper tantrum and they seek only to relish in your emotional investment in the argument. Submitting is losing every single time. With that said, I will agree with her that simply ignoring them does place a higher burden on the victims of trolling and it certainly is not stopping it.

That is why I am going to suggest something that will make most of you squeal and cringe and immediately say no. However, I am willing to bet good money that it would have a stronger effect than most people are willing to accept and if implemented, most people would never want to go back.

A optional commenting system, implemented through a major medium such as Facebook or Twitter or Disqus, that is actively moderated, and has the ability to dole out consequences that will actually hurt:

1. Suspension of home internet privileges at the ISP level for 1 month, 6 months, 9 months, 1 year, 2 years, 5 years as necessary (along with suspension from using commenting system)


2. Suspension of all cell phone activity for 1 month, 6 months, or 1 year as necessary

3. Notification to employer, family, friends of commenting activity

4. Community Service

Note: Obviously, this would require Facebook or Twitter to more actively know your identity. I don't know how that could work or if it's an entirely good idea.

The benefits of this would be that websites would have to opt in to the commenting system by choosing to use it and users would have to opt-in by choosing to post comments on websites that use it. There could always be websites that used other, less stringent systems.

The point of this method is not to "banish" them from accessing the internet, but to make it more difficult and prevent them from making comments in the main commenting system for a while. They could still post their vile shit on storm front, and the internet would still ostensibly be free and open, but there would be enough of a wall to major publications or websites that chose this system that those of us that so chose could enjoy some peace and harmony.


Ultimately, though, there must be consequences for trolls to stop. As much as we hate to admit it, arguing and yelling back at the trolls isn't a consequence for them. It's what they want. Real consequences shouldn't "hurt" them, but they should be enough of a consequence that they do try to avoid them in the future.

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