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.