Pseudohyotheticalmetatroll filter...What would you do?
posted by TomMelee to Etiquette/Policy at 9:45 AM (138 comments total)
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I know that memails are verboten to be shared. I also know that generally it's best to not feed the trolls. With these things in mind...
I got a MeMail bright and early this morning that, while short, was very rude and written in such a way (by my interpretation) as to make it clear to me the writer believed I'm some kind of good times Appalachian trash and that, by his account, I should stay out threads about soccer wherein his/her intellect is obviously so superior. I tend to run a little towards the paranoid end of the spectrum, so maybe I over analyze, but that's what I got from the mail. What's weird is I made 1 comment in the vuvuzula thread, on a topic to which the sender hadn't (formerly in thread) disagreed w/.
This person obviously looked at my posting history before sending the mail, so I figured I'd do the same. The sender has something like 25 ask comments and 40 MeFi comments, and he's been around just over a month. I don't presume that anybody here ever pays attention to anything I wrote or that I'm in any kind of way known to most folks around these parts, but it struck me as out-of-character-for-MeFi that a new member would be sending out memails to strangers telling them to stoofoo.
So...I basically responded that I didn't know what he/she was talking about, but it also really irritated me.
So...do you forward these mails to mods? (It wasn't really hostile or threatening, just rude.) Do you troll them into the open and hope they flame out? Close the mail and go on with your day?
I really only ask because although I've had agreement and disagreement memails w/ people on MeMail before, they've never been rude or nasty.
Maybe I'm the minority? I dunno. Kind of strange though.