Ah the lovely internet troll. Anyone that blogs or posts regularly somewhere online has run across this person at least once. Some of you probably ARE the troll. I don’t judge. haha. So give us your best troll story.
This is kind of a search engine experiment. Last year I posted a sign of the wrestler Sheamus. Today if you do a google image search of “Sheamus Sign“, guess whose image pops up first? So while there are cartoons of internet trolls, it would be interesting to see if I could get this one to page one. There are a couple other phrases that people use to find my site so I may do cartoons of those in the future. Any you would like to see?
Nothing worse than a troll maybe except for Herpes.
What about a Herpes Troll?
I hear they are resistant to antibiotics 😯
A herpes troll is something that can be found on any street corner in the dead of night.
How do you know??
That is a good question.
Space herpes Troll.
Hmm, the pop up herpes troll ain’t no party either.
It seems kind of obvious, but it would be awesome if you googled the word “bear” and one of your toons popped up first!
Sadly when you google “bearman”, naked hairy guys still show up first.
Well you shouldn’t tag your personal photos 🙄
Recently a troll commented on one of my old video tutorials, I went to HIS profile expecting to be schooled on how to make a really slick tutorial, but nope, he had no videos uploaded, and all his activity log was going around dissing on other people’s videos. I assume it was a guy, from the style. The best thing to do to trolls is IGNORE them totally. In fact, at one of the jobs I worked at there was a plugin for vbulletin called trollvanity or something. If you had an obvious troll you would feed his user id into the plugin and from then on, only the troll would see his own rude posts but no one else would, so you were enforcing “ignore the troll” since no one could take the bait because they wouldn’t even see it. It was fun to imagine these sick pathetic losers coming back to see who got riled up in the forums only to see that apparently no one cares. Welcome to my world trolls. I wonder if they have something like that for WordPress!
That IS the best thing to do. Unfortunately I don’t always do the right thing. I like to play with them, build them up and then tear them down.
Some trolls are awesome and then some are like Colleen described about. I don’t care for those kind of trolls.
Have a terrific day. 🙂
i think the troll definition only applies to the non awesome kind.
Except for the cute cuddly ones.
I hope you’re not implying anything.
Does the shoe fit?
Nope, don’t wear shoes.
Then you are OK.
Last year there was one episode of my webcomic where a troll by the name of “The Baron” responded in the comments section. He said this:
“I’ve read every comic thus far you’ve posted and I gatta say…
Wow. Just… wow. Please stop while you can.”
The email he used to make the comment was ThisComicSucks@sodoyou.com
Not only did I not stop making the comic, but I inserted a snobby pompous ass of a character named “The Baron” in my comic several episodes later, using some of what he said above plus other snobbish type stuff. I of course took creative license on what he looked like, but I’m pretty sure how I depicted him is accurate. He’ll also be listed in the special thanks of my book when I it gets released. 😀
That is awesome. George Ford at Addanac City had a similar troll going for a while. Like me George played with his mind for a while before finally getting bored of him and blocking him completely.
Post anything on YouTube and you’ll meet the Troll. Videos of puppies or babies? The Troll will bash that. Soft piano music? Troll will bash that. Ten minutes of a jar of mayonnaise? You know who’ll be there.
You can always recognize the Troll by his trademark catchphrase “damn this shitz hella gay”.
You need to print that on a tshirt.
That’s why I don’t post on YouTube. Can’t take the beat down.
Actually, I should modify that; the phrase should be, “dam this shitz hela gay”.
Trolls never win any spelling bees.
Well then should “this” become “dis”?
I can regale you with personal horror stories of trolls who knew me personally, but alas, I won’t do that because not only would it depress everyone here but it would make your skin crawl as well.
I did write about them on my blog in the early yeara, but at this point, there is no need to revisit stressful times.
I can leave you with one concrete example: Being heavily trolled in the chat rooms led me to start moderating my blog in the winter of 2008.
Only 2008? It seems like much longer. We are actually glad the trolls sent you away because I would never have found you.
Only been blogging since 2008.
In a way, I’m very glad that the trolls sent me away. It’s way more fun conversing with adults than it is conversing with toddlers.
Esp when you can shut off the toddlers unlike the chat rooms.
G and I experienced the same troll. she seems to have retired now, or died or something.
They seem to come in all shapes and sizes.
What do you do if live under a bridge? You play the part and eat Billy Goat. Do trolls phish?
I have no idea what you just said haha
Trolls are a rite of passage, aren’t they? I haven’t had enough traffic at my website yet to warrant a troll, but I will parade him around like the Stanley Cup when it happens!
So true. You know you have made it in the world when someone pays enough attention to you to let you know your level of suckage.
There should be a Troll App like War Craft, where you can hunt them down and turn them into a pop up ad!!!!
The worst are when you look for the lyrics to a song and no matter which one you go to that same damn pop up shows up on the site.
I’m embarrassed to admit this, but what’s an internet troll? Something bad I assume. I guess I haven’t been blogging long enough.
“Kate Middleton’s armpits” is my biggest search term. I guess there are tons of people out there that have a fetish for her pits.
An internet troll is someone who goes to blogs, chat rooms, forums and the like and simply makes inflammatory comments to other people’s posts/websites.
Inflammatory -and- maliciously I might add. It’s basically someone who uses the “anonymity” of the internet to be a total asshole to people, because they are hiding behind a computer screen somewhere in the world and think they can get away with it.
Some do it to get a rise out of people, but most do it because they have some serious self esteem issues. They are basically the bullies of the internet.
Bullies of the internet because they feel they have no power elsewhere.
Very true. I’ve seen instances in which this kind of stuff escalated into the offended parties having law enforcement called in to help solve the problem(s).
It also doesn’t help that the hosting website doesn’t consistently enforce their Terms of Service policy.
Topix chat rooms are notorious for that.
Thankfully I don’t have experience with Topix. About 10 years ago I used to visit some Yahoo chats and there were trolls who could send some message through chat that would constantly kick you out of a room. If only I had some computer skills.
Thank you all for filling me in on the lovely troll. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before I get slammed too. These damn bullies show up everywhere. If I get one, I’ll be sure to say what my kids tell me works on bullies…”Listen up, Jackass! If you don’t leave me alone, I’m going to tell everybody at school how bad your farts stink.” Think it will work?
Where I come from a Bully will fart on you just so you know how much their shit stinks.
I forgot to add that he is good looking troll…very trollish.
If you are into that kind of thing.
Actually, I’m not. But I do appreciate good art.
Good to know “dad” has nothing to worry about.
I had a little gang of them invade my place a while ago. When I didn’t approve their comments, did they ever get mad. Hard to believe how stupid they were.
People somehow think they have a freedom of speech on YOUR site. Uh no.
Intelligent criticism is fine, but profane rants are not.
Intelligent? crap I can’t comment on your site anymore.
You’re on my watch list, so watch it!
You are buying me a watch?
Haven’t dealt much with the dreaded internet troll, but now I know what they look like! Thanks, Bearman!
they are shape shifters. I just caught this one in a relaxed state.
It’s funny, but STILL the major search word for people finding my blog is ‘Elevator Buttons’. I’m about to just throw in the towel and focus on them.
Sounds like a whole new series.
They can get pretty exciting (especially when a bratty kid hits all of them at once).
My number one search term is ‘Chaos Theory’, but my favorites include
‘how long can you leave mourning dove in refrigerator’
‘this does not make the ribosomes happy’
‘random s**t with orchid’…
How are you tagging your entries? haha
Obviously the Trolls are not too bright. If you really want to attract attention and followers, be nice, promote others, and produce something yourself. That is exactly what Bearman does…without gettin’ mushy about it and he has comments and followers everywhere.
I don’t get enough traffic to get trolled and I don’t have much spam so it is not a problem for me.
So I am like Glenda the Good Troll.
Time was, you could find some really nasty trolls on stumbleupon. There were plenty of douchebags (who didn’t create anything themselves) who got a following just by being as vicious as they could with the “thumbs down” comments. Eventually, stumbleupon clamped down on that.
I have found more of them on reddit.
Youtube seems to be the most common place for trolls. So many videos seem to have comments from people who have nothing to say but nasty insults. These same ones offer nothing worthwhile themselves.
How about a Spammer cartoon because your site is awesome & this is just the information I was looking for.
hmmm…that might work. Mind going now.
Ha, great cartoon
I used to have a troll in my BlogTalk Radio show chat room. He called himself (Barrack Obama). I had to call him out for not being able to spell “Barack”.
Maybe he didn’t want to be sued for identity theft.
Ahmnodt: hahahahaha. Sorry but this utterly cracked me up
Don’t be sorry…I am that damn funny.
I was new to blogging but was able to begin a group blog. It was going good until the troll came along.
I was a newbie and didn’t ban the guy. I lost all of my contributors because the butthole wore us out.
I should have banned him quicker.
That’s been a few years. He just recently found another blog I have. He starts off by being friendly and that is what he did this time.
I didn’t answer him and blocked him asap. He sent me an email because he was frustrated at me.
What a loser…
Sounds a bit stalkerish. Didn’t know you were that good looking. haha
I was talking about a topic that pissed him off. He wanted to shut me down.
Now I usually talk about topics on dummies that don’t matter one bit.
The internet seems to be the place for so many bad fairy tale creatures.
Big bad wolf is another one.
I say we get rid of Internet Trolls. From now on, no more Wifi under any bridges.
Why didn’t someone think of that sooner?
How about basements?
Playing MMOs you learn pretty quickly to close the chat window when the trolls are out in force. And it usually only takes one. In WOW they called the trolling anal trash-talking “Barrens Chat”, because that was name of the zone where it started. But I felt that “barren” was pretty appropriate.
You did a really nice job on that troll, though he looks a mite sensitive (never know a troll to exhibit any sensitivity). I think he’d look great on “Don’t feed the Trolls” T-shirt. <3
Hmmm…Might be a good idea on the tshirt. His look was supposed to be an evil grin..haha
Bearman you’re on a roll this week.. and damn I appreciate it! chock Full O’ Lols.. and Fab art!
Thanks…love the continued support.