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NoNameC68
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It's not hard to find YouTube videos where over half the comments are focused on a single hater, one sole troll.

"Dear Roosterteeth

My daughter, recently has been acting bad, cussing and behaving horribly. Saying 'f**k' and 's**t'

I found out my daughter has learned these actions from your Channel. And I would like you remove all your videos from your channel containing cussing words. You have? 5 hours to remove these videos off your channel. Or else i'll contact Youtube to tell them to remove your videos themselves. You have no right to cuss on your channel."

The above quote is a popular copypaste comment used to troll RoosterTeeth videos. If you see this comment, chances are, you're going to see about 50 - 200 responses. I've pointed out the stupidity in responding to such trolls, in which case many people have replied, "It's called counter trolling you moron." Counter-trolling?

Counter-trolling is an art in which you turn the tides around and you troll a troll. You can NOT counter-troll a troll that doesn't give a ****. That said, it's counter-productive to try and counter troll when all you're doing is giving the troll more attention.

People on the internet need to learn what trolls are, because they fail to understand that negative responses only fuel such trollish behavior. To point out, "fail troll is fail" is laughably ironic. When so many people do such a thing, all they do is prove the troll to be successful.

There are many great YouTube videos out there, and good feedback is always something I love to see. But when most of the comments are focused on trolling a troll, they do nothing more than SPAM the comments. They try to fix the problem, but only make it worse.

There's nothing wrong with responding to trolls when nobody else has done so, but when a large number of people already responded to a troll, don't join in.

When it comes to trolls, don't act out impulsively.

/end rant

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daleks
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Seeing how I don't have an account I don't really care. But yes, people should just ignore the trolls. Maybe they should just not respond to people at all. I mean, what is the point in responding to comments on Youtube. You will not change their opinion. You are just a random person. Honestly, I just don't see the point of responding to most comments on Youtube.

jeol
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Once, I went to a video that showcased a Trance song. One person was cussing out another guy because he said he didn't like Trance. One person's response kinda surprised me.

"Real members of the Trance Family, as alot like to call themselves, won't slam you.

This kind of flaming is usually only found elsewhere. Most people who love Trance realize that it's fruitless. Trance is all about pure joy. Slamming someone for a differing music taste doesn't typically promote happiness "

Hrm. Too bad there aren't more people like that.

Honestly, I just don't see the point of responding to most comments on Youtube.

Attention, both from the trolls and counter-trolls. The amount of people wanting to be the top comment is rather staggering.
knight_34
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When you use YouTube a lot, it's bound to become irritating..especially if this happens on your own bloody videos.

Now, if only we could squeeze Nemo's rant into a paragraph short enough to post on YouTroll.

Masterforger
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Why the hell the image of a troll deteriorated from a hairy, powerful beast found in remote locations to some super skinny/super fat kid on the backend of a computer typing random stuff is beyond me.

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I agree with what you're saying.

I hate how trolls look up videos about topics they know they don't like and probably won't ever change their minds about just to spam and hate. They're just wasting their lives.

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I've seen this all over Youtube.

From RT and Achievement Hunter, to Yogscast.
Ryan Higa even made a video about it.

Though, I doubt the users who flame the trollers will stop themselves. One person gets pissed, starts the flaming, gets the top comment, and everyone else follows.

soccerdude2
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I've been on YouTube a little and seen this from time to time, but yes obviously the troll's goal is to put himself more in the spotlight by having everyone responding (negatively) to him.

I hate how trolls look up videos about topics they know they don't like and probably won't ever change their minds about just to spam and hate. They're just wasting their lives.


I went on YouTube just now for kicks and the first random video I looked at had a comment that said "i just open this video to dislike it"

But as I don't have a YouTube account I can't really comment/counter-troll anyway.
pickpocket
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I only give constructive criticism and positive feedback. People who go out of their way because they think that trolling makes them cool are stupid. You cannot be remotely cool when your conversation goes like,
-L0l, this guy so stupid make me wanaa kil u
-What?
-lol, u got trulled, u mad?
No. Thats just stupid. I dont seem the motives of this. At all. Or the stupid mindless hate i find. like,
Dear ____, u suck major ****, go die somewhere. I hate u. Because i hate u, you should never make vidos again. u stoopid ****.
....Why? Would you do that in real life? Then shut up.
Grrr, you got my blood pumping over this too.

Minotaur55
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Most of the comments I see are not that bad actually, but most video's do make bad influences. I see comments containing language that can be rather... disturbing, yes that is the word. I don't understand why people would want to post such content, it has always behooved me. And it always will I guess. If they can be less stupid then that would be great, but there isn't much we can do to effect a person with that mentality...

jeol
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Most of the comments I see are not that bad actually, but most video's do make bad influences. I see comments containing language that can be rather... disturbing, yes that is the word. I don't understand why people would want to post such content, it has always behooved me. And it always will I guess. If they can be less stupid then that would be great, but there isn't much we can do to effect a person with that mentality...

It depends. Some of the video-makers (of some form or another), despite hating the types of comments and people who make the ones like in the description, tend to snap towards the change. There was one commentator I watched for a while that made a bunch of hilarious jokes that people took the wrong way, and he isn't nearly as funny anymore and is hardly comparable to anyone else anymore other than his name and his voice and sarcastic comments. It's kind of disappointing in the realm of creativity and genuinely funny commentary. :/ So it does tend to bleed both ways.

Either way, usually you have some general warning, either from the comments in the video, from what the videos introduce themselves as or the topics at hand... Roosterteeth not only usually comments on more violent games but also has a warning before each video that there is language within. You're likely going to find people that reflect the video's humor and maturity in the comments.
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"It's called counter trolling you moron." Counter-trolling?


AHAHAHAHAHAAAA! That's hilarious! I've never heard that before but its completely ridiculous. The whole point of trolling is to generate negative comments/discussion, period. Doesn't matter what anyone says in response or how logical the retort may be. If it gets replies and pisses people off, the troll has succeeded. To engage them in any form ie counter-trolling is simply playing into their hands. The only way to deal with them, for your own happiness, is to ignore them completely and do Not respond.
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Yeah I know what you mean. I see a lot of this on Nigahiga's channel. He's even made videos about the crap people post. xD

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