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Give in to Crypto Trolls or Troll Back? Neither

The cryptoverse is rife with hostility and trolling. One of the main arguments I’ve heard against countering trolls is that doing so just sinks to their level. While this is not necessarily true, it does touch on a very important point: don’t trolling back. There’s a significant difference between responding in order to counter trolls and engaging in trolling yourself. Here’s why the latter is a really bad idea.

Trolls don’t troll because they have the intellectual upper hand

Remember the root cause of trolling: to win a fight that can’t be won on merit alone. Maybe the troll coin or project is inferior, or even equal, but not quite strong enough to easily win a contest or comparison. Where legitimate competition is not enough to secure victory in a timely manner, that’s where trolling enters. Rather than winning an intellectual fight, trolling seeks to change the very nature of said fight, taking a stand-up match to the ground for some wrestling in the mud. That’s a fight that those more experienced in trolling can win.

The idea is to provoke a response that lessens your credibility

Remember that the trolling itself isn’t conducted in a vacuum. It’s merely set up to guide your response. A troll will say things deliberately to provoke your reaction into being more emotional, irrational, and hopefully hostile than it would otherwise be. Even worse, it will likely not have that air of purposeful glee maintained by your opponent, meaning that now not only are you just a troll like them, you appear provoked and possibly guilty (“u mad bro?”).

Your counter-trolling will provoke its own tribal defense

When you counter a troll, their hope is that you will say something mean back about whatever project or coin they back. This is because you will invariably offend someone who wasn’t initially involved in the confrontation. Now you’ve offended a whole group of fans. The trolls aren’t alone anymore, they created...

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