Public Service Anouncement: Don’t Feed the Trolls
Anyone who has been on a forum has seen a troll in some shape or form. Most of the time, they are entertaining, but when people are trolling something positive, it really strikes a nerve.
When I started vaping in 2007, I joined one of the largest online vaping forums I could find: Electronic Cigarette Forum. In those days, people were genuinely happy to help and discuss vaping related items without getting too heinous. It was awesome. You could log in and jump right in with the discussion about the 510 “Yeti” or a DSE-901 with no worries about getting flamed, but following the nature of all internet forums, ECF became HUGE. When this happens, it can bring new people to the conversation, which is a good thing or it can come with a few trolls, generally a bad thing.
Trolls are funny for a little while, then they multiply causing chaos everywhere you look, much like a fantasy troll. I have seen it happen far too often on sites that have the wonderful potential to get a great product/information out to the mainstream. Trolls tend to send people packing until it is only a site or forum full of naughty, naughty trolls.
How do I spot trolling in the vaping community? Well trolling can come in many forms. The troll I see the most is the “leet” or elite vaper. An elite vaper is someone who looks down on people who don’t have the best of the best. For example, If a new vaper posts that they are excited about their new EGO and clearomizer, the troll will come in with a snide comment and say that egos are old and suck and they should try a provari or darwin or any other high end mod. While this may be hard to overlook, the best course of action is to ignore the comment. In other words, don’t feed the trolls.
Anyone reading this is either a vaper or is interested in vaping and you may be asking yourself, “What can I do to help?” The best answer is to simply ignore them or alert Moderators. I hate seeing something that has brought many of us together as friends hit a downward spiral into an internet black hole. While this may not be something that is a large problem right now, us vapers need to keep a cool head and relax; its just the internet.