There is a fairly high profile trolling issue going about at the moment.
Why the trolls will always win
Tech trail blazer, Kathy Sierra coined the term “Koolaid Point” when describing the escalation of trolling behavior. She later unfortunately found herself the target of a troll, who orchestrated a nasty and long term campaign against her. She is a brave person and the article is worth a read.
Author and Journalist John Scalzi is a uniquely thick skinned person when it comes to trolls. He is one of those people we can watch and applaud, knowing there is no way on god’s green earth that we could emulate him. His “Site disclaimer and comment policy” has achieved fairly wide spread notoriety.
He has also adopted Jenny Lawson’s ( the bloggess ) policy of “kittening” some trolls, which involves re-writing and subverting their comments. Scalzi provides this example
Craven Lickspittle: WAAAAARGLEBAAARGLE LOTS OF SPITTLE AND JACKASSERY I THINK “LIBERAL” IS AN INSULT I MAY BE TWELVE SMELL MY MANLY ARMPITS
My Edit: I love hearts and flowers and pretty bows! I could dance in sparkly showers all the day long! Fa la la la la la!
Craven Lickspittle: WHAAA WHY DID YOU CHANGE MY WORDS MORE WAAAAARGLEBAARGLE HATE STOMP FOAMY HISSY FIT
My edit: When I think about all the kittens in the world that need to be cuddled, I just break down into wee little sobs.
His response to one cartload of trolls was create a fundraiser for LGBT victims of assault.
His response to challenges to his “masculinity” and his non alpha male ways he created Gamma Rabbit.
…for those of us who are comfortable with diversity, who try not to be racist, or sexist, or homophobic, who don’t see the world as an apocalyptic zero-sum battle to the death between ourselves and whomever we try to hide our confused fear of by considering them as lesser beings, who aren’t in fact appallingly ignorant bigoted shitballs every single waking hour of the day, may I present to you an avatar — an icon, if you will, of who we are and how we choose to live our lives: