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Don't Feed The Trolls

bipolarprophet

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"Don't Feed The Trolls". Everyone has heard that phrase before. It is a undeniable if unpleasant fact that there are people who delight in disliking,trolling and occasionally bullying YouTube creators and Live streamers. This is what I like to call "the dark side of YouTube" It is a topic that no one who does "how to" videos about YouTube ever talks about. Having been a content creator for nearly four years, I thought I would give you some of my thoughts on this subject.

Dislikes

I never understood this particular "ranking" mechanic on YouTube, If you don't like a video don't watch it. It makes not one bit of difference to me if you don't like my videos, I make them firstly for me and for fun. Having said that, I do try to make videos people enjoy, but that is not my sole motivation. Instead of a dislike, I would rather see a comment telling me what it is you disliked. I may listen I may not, but at least you made the effort to tell me what you didn't like. At the end of the day a "like" and a "dislike" are the same thing, a view on the video. Thanks for watching.

Trolls

It is an unpleasant fact of life on the internet that there are people who derive pleasure from insulting and degrading your work. They have their own motivations, whether it be ignorance, jealousy, insecurity or just the fact that they think they are funny, clever and cool. I don't do well with trolls. I violate the "don't feed the trolls" suggestion constantly and nothing will send me off on a venom filled foul mouthed rant quicker than some idiot who thinks it's cool to tear down my work. I don't mind being called an idiot, in fact most of my channel is built around that very premise, but it is entirely a different matter to be vulgar and insulting. Woe to those who insult my friends as that is something I will NEVER stand for. Go get a life and find something else that makes you feel cool might I suggest jumping off a tall building while saying to your friends, "Hey look at me".... ;)

Bullying

This is the serious one. Threats, Racism, Sexism, ethnic slurs. Unfortunately , these are all a part of internet life. Thankfully YouTube and Twitch have very good filters that catch most of this stuff and I don't have to deal with it. There should be no tolerance for that sort of ignorance. None.

Well BP you make YouTube sound SO Fun....

It isn't all bad. It isn't even half bad. The great and supportive people FAR outweigh the ignorant on YouTube. People who will give you constructive feedback and suggestions on improvements because they believe that you are worth watching and they want to help you get better are far more common than the idiots. YouTube and Twitch are great platforms to share your passion about games and gaming with people who share that passion and a great place to make new friends and build a community. I only mention the bad stuff to make you aware that it is out there and that if you are overly sensitive content creation may not be for you. It's not fun to work hard on something, give it your best and than see it torn down by idiots. This is something that occasionally you will have to deal with. Don't let it get to you, don't let it dissuade you from sharing your passions. The good still outweighs the bad and remember "Don't Feed The Trolls" :)

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@bipolarprophet  Thanks for writing about this subject.  Trolls, keyboard warriors etc. are very much common practice and I've been discovering them more and more.  The good thing is as more time goes by, the truly good people see these types for what they truly are.  

To those who are considering getting started in YouTube or Twitch or whatever....don't let the trolls discourage you.  Find your truly loyal viewers, or friends or a combo of both and set them up as moderators to watch over your chat streams (especially when livestreaming) and let them swing the ban hammers.  But choose wisely.  As you stream you'll have characters coming out of the woodwork asking to be a moderator.  Get to know folks before you give them this power.  Then once you know them, trust them...let them do their job and just sit back and do your thing.  The trolls won't last 5 seconds once the hammers start swinging.  

Jerry

 

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I'm old enough and ugly enough to ignore anything aimed at me. But aim at my friends..............

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During a live stream I have been fairly lucky to not have to much trolling but when I see/feel that someone might be trying to stir the pot I tend to ignore their chats.  I try to welcome everyone and respond to as much chat as I can but if its clearly trying to stir up trouble I will just ignore the comments.  Of course if the issue gets pushed I would likly remove the person from chat without any vocal as to what i did or was going on.  i think not putting chat on the stream video helps as it does not put the trolls 'voice' on screen for all to appear.

On trollish comments I have had a few not to many still lucky me for being smallish but growing.  on some comments that I feel could turn into trollish I usually thank the individual for their feedback.  

seems trolls don't respond well to thank you and your welcome.

 

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Well said. I find it amusing that dislikes actually help promote your channel probably not what the disliker intended.  I do agree though a comment about what you disliked would be more helpful. 

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8 hours ago, FarmerKlein said:

During a live stream I have been fairly lucky to not have to much trolling but when I see/feel that someone might be trying to stir the pot I tend to ignore their chats.  I try to welcome everyone and respond to as much chat as I can but if its clearly trying to stir up trouble I will just ignore the comments.  Of course if the issue gets pushed I would likly remove the person from chat without any vocal as to what i did or was going on.  i think not putting chat on the stream video helps as it does not put the trolls 'voice' on screen for all to appear.

On trollish comments I have had a few not to many still lucky me for being smallish but growing.  on some comments that I feel could turn into trollish I usually thank the individual for their feedback.  

seems trolls don't respond well to thank you and your welcome.

 

If I'm honest, the general chaos and banter that occurs during most of the "Monkey Show" streams tends to drown out the trolls. We are a close knit bunch and have no issue telling these people exactly what we feel. Also as perverse as this may sound there are times when we become the "bigger" trolls to the original trouble maker. I'm not saying two wrongs make a right but it is occasionally fun to poke them with a stick. Having said that, I will not tolerate racism or hatred of any kind on my streams. That stuff gets you banned, yelled at and reported. I show the chat on my streams to provide "continuity" for people that watch back the archive at a later date, so that i don't have to read each comment or question and the person watching it later can keep up with the conversation. Everyone of the Monkey Show is mods or admins on all of our stuff so everyone keeps an eye out on each other.

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BP as always your wisdom is spot on. Trolls and malcontents are in every arena of life and YouTube is no different. I have had my share of nasty comments and yes even emails and PMs.  You have to develope a thick skin when you put yourself out there in the public. That doesn't mean you need to tolerate certain things but for the most part you have to pick your battles. I find the Delete/Block button is a magical cure for Jerk-osis.  So far the vast majority of subs to my channel have been fantastic. I know my channel is small and if by some chance I grow large I figure that will change. I will enjoy the sun while it's shinning,lol.

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5 minutes ago, Eustace Pharmer said:

I have had my share of nasty comments and yes even emails and PMs. 

You got my messages thenDevilish(

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19 minutes ago, mereman said:

You got my messages thenDevilish(

LOL, yes I did and what took you so long to react,lol.

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