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Blogher Coverage 4: Lunch
Monday, 2005 August 1 - 3:44 pm
This is about the working lunch session about flaming, trolls, and negative discourse in general.

Saturday 12:30 p.m.
Flame, Blame, and Shame
I can't take as many notes on this session because it's done during lunch, and I don't have any room for my laptop.

The discussion has two prongs. The first is, do you try to stop trolls from commenting on your site, or do you simply accept it? The second is, if you want to stop it, how do you do so?

Someone raises the excellent point that men and women have different ways of communicating, as the linguistics professor and author Deborah Tannen often suggests. (I subscribe to this viewpoint.) Someone on the panel is offended by the generalization, and unfortunately, I think the point is lost because of that. I'd say that in general terms, men tend to talk to each other in a more confrontational one-upmanship way without having it turn into an emotional argument. (I have an earlier post on that very topic.) It's of course wrong to apply that generalization to individuals, but I think the general idea is correct. Men may tend to troll, flame, and flame-bait more, and that may be something to keep in mind when trying to understand the general phenomenon that we see.

So the first prong of the discussion doesn't really get resolved; there are reasonable arguments made on both sides, but no conclusion.

The second prong is more technical: how do you stop trolls and flamers? There's some talk about having a commenter rating system and more moderation facilities, but that might require a centralized registry of some sort. I can see that happening in a closed community (MSN Spaces, LiveJournal, etc.) but what we really need is an open interoperable system, and one that's self-governing. Hmm.

People seem to want to talk more about the topic, but everyone is rushing to get a seat at the next session, which is sure to be the most popular one...
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