You don’t know the meaning of the word “debate” until you’ve actually gotten into an in depth video game discussion with a bunch of self-identified nerds. There’s nothing wrong with debates, but the passion behind them can make it tough to work out what’s a debate and what’s just a troll trying to rattle your cage. You don’t want to back down from a friendly fight, but giving importance to the trolls never works out. Here are some signs that can help you tell the difference so that you can respond appropriately.
Debating Actually Has the Chance You Could Change Your Mind
One thing to keep in mind when you’re entering into these exchanges is that a debate has to have a potential favorable outcome. If you already know that there’s nothing in the world that could change your mind, it’s not a debate. This doesn’t mean that you have to be unsure what you think, or that you can’t have a strong position; it just can’t be that you know that even a voice from the heavens couldn’t change your mind. If that’s the case, you’re butting heads with a troll.
Trolling Is Saying Something Just to Fight
The important thing to remember about a troll is that they don’t really care what they say so long as it makes you angry. If you’re dealing with someone who keeps changing their argument and then arguing that they didn’t say what they clearly said before, you’re dealing with a troll. This kind of behavior is not acceptable, and it’s not something that you’re going to make any progress with. It doesn’t matter how logical you are, or how compelling your points are, because a troll literally is not debating you, they’re just trying to make you mad.
Debating Doesn’t Make You Angry
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If everything that you’re saying is coming from a place of rage, you’re not in a debate. You’re in a fight. While there might be a time and place for fighting, your blog isn’t one of them. You’re not going to look brave and direct and confrontational, you’re just going to look angry. You’re going to fall for the scams and look foolish in front of everyone who reads your blog. If you’re getting too heated, call a debate over even if you had more to say. Your reputation will thank you.
Trolling Will Never Go Away If You Feed It
People who are debating you will stop eventually. They’ll have to leave to eat, or sleep, or go to work and when they’re done doing these things they’ll have gotten over their emotional investment in what’s going on. Trolls will never stop. You could talk at a troll for a thousand years and they would still post garbage to your page. The longer you feed the troll the stronger it grows, so it’s very important that the second you know you’re dealing with a troll you end it there.