Troll comments on the internet: just like graffiti

Published: February 29, 2012 at 12:34am

Orlando Figes, who wrote (anonymous) flattering reviews of his own book.

David Mitchell has written a piece for The Observer called:

An internet troll’s opinion should carry no more weight than graffiti

He argues: “If you read a review, an opinion, a description or a fact and you don’t know who wrote it then it’s no more reliable than if it were sprayed on a railway bridge.”

I urge you to read the piece in the link below, including the shocker about Orlando Figes.


6 Comments Comment

    • Paul Bonnici says:

      I read this in the readers’ comments and thought of you, Daphne:

      I am admin at a very busy online forum, which is a bit like being a firefighter in hell.

  1. Tim Ripard says:

    Hear hear hear!

  2. carmelo aquilina says:

    Well Daphne how about banning anyone who posts comments under a pseudonym on this website?

    [Daphne – No point. I have a strict moderation policy, and many of those who use a nick give me their real name anyway. Also, anyone can call themselves Joseph Miscallef….or carmelo aquilina.]

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