How should we treat the comment trolls…and are they really trolls?

Earlier this week I wrote a post about a guy who slammed me on another domain blog for no apparent reason other than to make it known that he probably doesn’t like me very much. It sounds like he also doesn’t like Andrew Rosner from Media Options very much or Shane from Domain Shane since he called Andrew the “Bald media options guy” and Shane the “Plant Seller” in this comment:

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I’ve always been a fan of letting people speak their mind, I think it is incredibly important when you’re running a blog. If you censored your blog posts you would clearly miss out on giving the whole industry a voice rather than just your supporters.

In fact, I agreed with Brandon when he slammed me, I think the guy made a good point to be honest with you. Like me or not I think you should still be able to comment on my blog. Seriously, go nuts, tell me I suck, I can take it, as a blogger we all get into this game knowing this comes with the territory.

Still the question comes up all the time, should we give the frequent comment trolls the same voice as everyone else or do they just pollute the well? I personally think that if you’re willing to take time to write a comment on my blog, more power to you, write away. At the same time, some people have emailed me saying that comment trolls are degrading the quality of blogs by interjecting with nonsense a bit like that a crazy person standing on a soapbox on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley does (yup, I’m from Berkeley and we have our fair share of crazy people).

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So what do you think, should we let the trolls say what they want or should there be some point where we draw the line. Of course it’s not fair for me to ask this question without sharing my opinion. I say, forget the line, there is no line, if you’re going to take time to read what I have to write, I think you should be able to express yourself as long as you aren’t threatening people’s lives or just throwing out profanities left and right in a way that makes your comments impossible to read.

I’m fine with guys like Brandon expressing what drives them crazy about me, Shane, Andrew, or anyone else they want to throw a stone at because, heck, it’s a free country and he’s obviously taking the time to read and listen to what we have to say so shouldn’t we do the same?

That’s my two cents. What do you think? Comment and let your voice be heard!

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  • Michael October 23, 2016, 7:33 pm

    It just keeps you on your toes Morgan, most people would just stop reading an unsubscribe and never come back. Plus the guy pointed out their is still good domains unregister besthikersnetwork.net ! haha

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  • Aaron Strong October 23, 2016, 8:25 pm

    Hahahaha…Of course I am going to comment on this subject… While I do, let’s not forget that there are some bloggers, domain brokers and other industry lurkers that can be considered “comment trolls” by definition. Meanwhile consider this my troll, I am selling Websites(dot)org on Flippa and would appreciate all participation… 🙂

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  • DnVre October 23, 2016, 9:20 pm

    You did lose some fans when your Daniel Negari posts had the comments turned off, so much for free speech

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  • Eric October 24, 2016, 12:27 am

    If you write a blog and have a comments section then you should prepared to accept all comments. Good, Bad and Ugly. You don’t have to agree with them and as the blog owner you can respond to the comments accordingly.

    Two examples. Domain Shane and Domain Sherpa do not publish all the comments they receive. What you see are just the ‘NICE’ comments that play to their narrative. When was the last time you saw a negative comment or contradictory opinion on Domain Sherpa.. Hmmm never!
    If you are not prepared to publish comments that disagree with your opinions, that of your guests and/or if you think the comment will go against the carefully crafted business image. Then don’t have any comments and all. Turn off the comments. Get out of Blogging.

    Many many people read BLOGS and other online article just for the comments, not the content. Most comments are far more interesting, entertaining, thought provoking and insightful than the actual article or content. Domaining is no different.

    Don’t like negative comments. Have a thin skin. Can’t handle criticism or a view that is not like your own. Then don’t have a blog or comments section.

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  • Alan Dodd October 24, 2016, 6:22 am

    This is a very nasty comment on the other blog. Trolling is one of those things we have to live with. A few points:

    1. In my opinion – we all have our own “Inner Troll”. Most of the time, the troll is firmly under the bridge. The troll will escape when there is a problem with the bridge. I call on the “Inner Spock” to deal with the illogical troll.

    2. Certain thing’s we cannot control. A thousand people could walk up to you on the Street and insult you – but so what? As you can’t control them, there is no need to get worked up over them, as this is illogical.

    Unfortunately, life is not fair a lot of the time, and we can’t expect it to be fair. If we expect life to be fair all the time, and everyone decent all of the time, this is illogical, as humans have emotions, which manifests as unfairness, rudeness, trolling etc.

    3. There are laws on incitement to hatred and hate speech, as well as libel … even if these laws are not enforced, it does not mean the libel or hate speech has not occurred, and the troll has to deal with that. A person who is trolled does have the right to access these laws if they wish to assert that right.

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  • RaTHeaD October 24, 2016, 9:03 am

    sometimes i wonder if my drunken insights are trolling or just drunken insightfulness.

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  • Joseph Peterson November 18, 2016, 10:35 pm

    Hey, Morgan, that guy’s MY troll! I’m willing to share, since he criticized you too. But, for the record, the comment you quoted was aimed at me.

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