My day job involves a lot of sitting and nearly all of it requires a computer. So, naturally, I have a bunch of websites bookmarked for breaks and downtime. The best ones for me are ones that have frequent updates and short and sweet posts that I can check quickly and then get back to work.
In the last month, two of my favorite sites have decided to stop posting. Both sites’ moderators cited two reasons, trolls and spam. The time commitment for an unpaid and under appreciated web moderator is cumbersome. Frankly, I don’t blame them. Having run into my own fair share of troglodytes with keyboards, having to deal with them is exhausting.
I’ve recently been on the receiving end of some negativity in real life. Being stabbed in the back by supposed friends again and again has sort of soured me on humanity a bit. I came to expect the worst from people. So when I experienced some unexpected and genuine kindness, it had such an impact on me.
It takes the same amount of effort to be rude as it does to be kind. People seem to default to rudeness online because there’s no human face either dishing out the abuse or receiving it. Trolls have no consequences for their actions; to acknowledge them is to reward them, to ignore them only makes them only try harder. The inevitable outcome of giving up the site only hurts the regular visitors and posters who must now try to find another site with quality and quantity of content that has yet to be tainted by Internet troll vitriol.