public service announcement: troll alert

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The boy who posts as Magnolia or Magnolia_2000 is a troll. He is not my friend. He does not contribute to the conversation or debate in any possible way. He exists solely to make trouble.

I know some bloggers make it a policy to allow all comments, no matter what, but if you won't reject or delete Magnolia's comments, please, at least avoid engaging with him.

I banned Magnolia from wmtc almost four years ago, yet he still leaves comments, even though they never appear on the blog. It's bizarre - and sad. I never even see most of Mags' comments. Allan and I both have moderation privileges for each other's blogs, and Allan will just tell me, "Mags was around yesterday," or "Guess whose comments I rejected last night?"

Right now Mags is visiting blogs of people who comment on wmtc, or blogs that I link to, for the sole purpose of attempting to create trouble. Loathsome as it is to give this boy the attention he craves, this post seemed like the best way to alert the blogosphere to his presence.

For more on Mags, see my essay The Trolls Among Us at The Mark.


allan said...

Latest silliness: He thinks L has been lying about him and is threatening, if she doesn't stop being such a meanie, to stop visiting wmtc!

The funniest thing about that is he is so addicted to Laura, he'll be visiting the blog long after she walks away from it.

(Will he still be trolling after 10 years? Will we be zapping his racist, sexist, war-loving comments in, say, August 2032? Stay tuned.)

johngoldfine said...

Thanks for the Mags update--he has a strange sort of shadow life for regular consumers of wmtc: there in theory, always; in fact, never. Like those funny subatomic particles. Strange!

laura k said...

So very strange. A always says Mags is my biggest fan.

tornwordo said...

So I have you to thank for him. Maybe I already knew this. I don't delete the comments usually, the contents are so mean spirited, I figure it says much more about the commenter than it says about me.