YouTube Features for Dealing with Trolls

Over a period of about 30 hours, I received 18 comments from one YouTube user—a troll who goes by the name of Walloper10. See my earlier post here. First replying with data-based facts and then ignoring the troll didn’t work. His comments continued and he began to repeat his message—though there were changes in the language so they appear to have been newly written. What a waste of his time—and mine.

YouTube has some wonderful features for dealing with trolls. You can block YouTube users from commenting, assumedly for your channel as a whole; mark a comment as spam; and, when all else fails, you can delete their comments past and present—one at a time, though it’s not gratifying.

Open your YouTube page for the video where the troll has been commenting and scroll down to one of his or her comments. Placing your cursor on the comment highlights it and a “Reply” button with a dropdown menu appears to the right. Click on the arrow for the dropdown menu and the additional options appear. See below. I would think you only need to block the user once. Flagging a comment for spam also appears to make a comment disappear. Deleting is self-explanatory. Adios comment.

I blocked Walloper10 from making new comments and because his comments contributed nothing to the discussion, I deleted them. As an explanation, I left a comment on each of the threads to him that reads:

· Walloper10: Dear troll, you should have quit while you were ahead. Like others of your kind, you didn’t know when to stop. You’ve now been blocked from commenting on my channel and I’ve removed your existing comments.

Adios

Now visitors who wish to scroll through the comments after viewing one of my videos are not confronted with nonsensical rantings.

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About Bob Tisdale

Research interest: the long-term aftereffects of El Niño and La Nina events on global sea surface temperature and ocean heat content. Author of the ebook Who Turned on the Heat? and regular contributor at WattsUpWithThat.
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3 Responses to YouTube Features for Dealing with Trolls

  1. ianh says:

    So basically you are censoring people and deleting their criticisms? Wonder if this comment will be deleted too.

  2. Bob Tisdale says:

    ianh, a question for you: Do you save or delete email spam?

  3. klem says:

    Dear Bob.

    Try to never delete alarmist troll comments, delete them only if they are offensive or use swear words or something like that. They love it when they are deleted or banned, it is a badge of honour, it encourages them to continue their crusade and it makes you look bad. It means that they have won.

    I tell you this out of personal experience. I’ve been banned from so many alarmist blogs over the years I can’t remember them all. I have never been banned for swearing or calling someone a name (that I’m aware of anyway), I have been banned because my denial comments have gotten under the alarmists skin. When I’m banned it means I’ve won. It’s fun and it encourages me to continue the fight against the alarmist scourge.

    Just a bit of advice.

    Keep up the great work.

    klem

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