A Note About Trolls

(Carson Weitnauer) #1

Hi friends,

On very rare occasions, RZIM Connect may have someone attempt to disrupt our community.

What is a ‘troll’?

As Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines the term:

: to antagonize (others) online by deliberately posting inflammatory, irrelevant, or offensive comments or other disruptive content


How do we respond?

First, if you notice someone acting in this way, please immediately flag their posts. The more people who flag their posts, the better.

Don’t think: I’m sure someone else will take care of this. Instead, make the decision to flag their post.

Second, you are invited to send a message to the moderator team. Simply write a new message to the ‘connectmoderators’ group and/or myself, @KMac or @jspare.

A small thank you

As it turns out, we are actually grateful for trolls. Jesus has a plan to immediately turn their abuse into a blessing for us. In Matthew 5:11 we read:

Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

The activity of a troll in RZIM Connect is an opportunity for us to receive a divine blessing!

Why we ban trolls

As a matter of practical wisdom, the best response to a troll is not to respond, as they are not interested in dialogue. Instead, the wise approach is to simply remove their presence from the community.

As Proverbs 22:10 says,

Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out,
and quarreling and abuse will cease.

In advance, thank you for flagging inflammatory posts and notifying the moderator team of any problematic participation.