trolls are funny

Dealing with online trolls is probably the least fun part of contributing to blogs and message boards.  My favorite strategy is what the writers at Feministe do with their many sexist trolls: they hold a regular contest called the “Feministe’s Next Top Troll” (a la ‘America’s Next Top Model’) and let the readers vote on who is the most obnoxious troll.  Yes, the mockery is a bit silly and childish, but I think it’s a fabulous way to diffuse the power of the hateful words the contributors have to put up with on a regular basis.

There’s a new contest running now, so check it out and join in the voting (the comment sections can also be quite funny and well worth checking out).

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