-Let's talk about you n' me, let's talk about all the good things, all the bad things- trolling mihgt be! Let's talk abouuuut trolling....lettalkabouttrolling.
That song works surprisingly well for this journal. ANYWAY.
SO! Hey guys! You can actually go vote now on my current poll about trolling: [link]
I worked for a company all last year that dealt with internet bullying. Trolling most definitely falls into the same category. Which, in my case, I find it ironic when I get rude comments and trolls- it's like setting fire to a fireman's house. We studied the whole concept so deeply at work- as to why people troll in the first place, and the list goes on and on, but it really boils down to an overall insecurity, which the safety of a computer screen can easily bandage.
Truth be told, a large percent of these individuals wouldn't say what they type in person. Folks with no art to be had in their galleries- along with internet vagabonds who make accounts everywhere, post the same batch of Face Book approved snapshots with high contrast and bad boob cracks- tend to lead the parade. It's easier for people who don't have an art thumb to take a stab at the folks here. They treat DeviantArt like a dirty Chuck E. Cheese and proceed to wreak havoc. Seeing as anybody can hop on and make an account only to jump around the front page and take a dump on any thread that's getting a fair amount of views. These are the same people who spread their crumbs on meme site's, 4Chan, and YouTube. DevArt is no different to them, which, unfortunately, for the majority of the strong community members, is so totally upsetting. Luckily a large majority of us find so much comfort and enjoyment here, regardless. Personally, it is my second home and I have no idea what I'd do without it! So when somebody does something rude, it's just like having your house egg'd.
Anyhow, standard bullies here are the one's with no art to show, giving you a lashing on your most recent piece, or picking out small pointless details. It's like birds in the sky around here- Not uncommon. However, nonetheless irksome. The entire scenario is sadly summed up as "This person is upset about one picture on the internet, when there are at the very least, a million other things that are actual issues to be frustrated by-(i.e. People who litter, folks who stab puppies- you know, something relatively more important than fanart) you've nothing else to do with your time but upset one lone human being on Planet Earth this fine day?" and indeed- what is it that drives users to take the time to write up a heated comment? Sometimes I wonder if they are expecting you to quickly remake said piece and fix it to appease them, when in reality that is hardly the case- so why does it keep happening? Who are these people in the everyday world? Will we be surprised to find out? What are your thoughts on harsh critique when it is not asked for? People being persnickety about small details?
So. Something to wrack your brain!
>What do you think about trolls? Bullies? Rude Deviants? Have you had your share of experiences with them? How do you handle the situation when it does happen?
In the end, it's super important to remember that you have your own audience here that respects you and enjoys your work- set the stragglers and rude folks aside and concentrate on the one's who are kind to you! When in doubt block the bastards without a word! They don't deserve any more time than how long it takes you to type their name into your block list- done deal.
I hope everybody is having a nice week! BE STRONG AND WISE MY SWEETS.