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The conventional wisdom about not feeding trolls makes online abuse worse | The Verge

Whether you believe what you are saying or not is often immaterial because the impact is the same — and you are responsible for it, regardless of how funny you think it is.

There is so much to take away from this post.

Defenders of trolling insist it’s all just a joke, but if trolling is inherently designed to get a rise out of someone, then that’s what it really is. In many cases, it is designed to look and feel indistinguishable from a genuine attack.

I’ve never really understood trolling, but always understood that I’m not supposed to. To me a joke is only a joke if both parties find it funny. A bit of ‘banter’ is great if everyone takes it that way, and far too much steps over the line.

Whilst there is also far too much victim culture in the world, and no one should be responsible for your hurt feelings. There is a vast difference between making a joke and trolling but often it’s hard to tell the difference.