Ever been in a discussion forum and have some stranger make it their mission in life to tell you how “wrong” you are?
Did you put out a product or a message, only to get viciously attacked by someone who brings nothing of their own to the table and, even when you try to redirect the conversation, just doubles down on the personal attacks and name-calling?
Have you ever met a troll?
When someone endeavors to troll you or start an argument with you online, or even if you don’t like their negative and/or condescending tone, you are within your rights to tell them you do not want to have a discussion with them.
Literally: “I’m not interested in discussing it with you.”
You don’t have to go through the sophisticated manoeuvres of deleting, blocking, continuing the conversation with someone else like they’re not there, or not responding.
You can say no.
It’s your right.
And you have a right for your wishes to be respected.
Just like if some stranger started hassling you on public transportation, in the park, at the gym, or at the bar when you’re trying to have a drink or a meal either alone or with your friends.
You have a right to dismiss them in those cases – and you’d do it without hesitation, amirite?
Same goes online too.
Again: “I’m not interested in discussing it with you.”
Just one caveat…
Save this for the obvious trolls and out-of-the-blue attackers, and/or those who just show lack of willingness to reason despite your attempts to redirect.
There are many ways to engage the other side when they approach (and you approach) from a place of genuine curiosity, which we cover here on The Morning Adam™.
Now, time for LOLCATS.
Join us, or do something positive.
But keep the negativity away from us.I’m not interested in discussing it with you.