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I came across this via a tweet sent out by our own Kristina40 (aka Katanon- @ComradeKristina ). Some of it may not be new to us old timers, but all of it is relevant, considering the elections are just a blink and a pie fight away, and the ongoing spate of rw trolz and/or disruptors isn't going to go away any time soon.

So please, follow below the orange croissant for a bit of edjamacashun on recognizing, engaging, and disarming those who seek to disrupt, sow discord and otherwise dis-inform. Let's not allow ourselves to be distracted or disheartened by net kiddies with too much time on their hands.

From the Rules:

Postscript:  Over a number of years, we’ve found that the most effective way to fight disruption and disinformation is to link to a post such as this one which rounds up disruption techniques, and then to cite the disinfo technique you think is being used.

Specifically, we’ve found the following format to be highly effective in educating people in a non-confrontational manner about what the disrupting person is doing:

     Nice example of Number 13!


    Good Number 1!

The reason this is effective is that other readers will learn about the specific disruption tactic being used … in context, like seeing wildlife while holding a wildlife guide, so that one learns what it looks like “in the field”.   At the same time, you come across as humorous and light-hearted instead of heavy-handed or overly-intense.

Try it … It works.

Without further ado, here is the link to the website page wherein trollery (herein described as "web disruptors") and their methods are:


with adroitness, humor, mockery, and the ultimate weapon of choice when dealing with rw trolls: THE TRUTH.

Because, as we on the left well know, THE TRUTH HURTS. And the truth has a well known left wing bias ;-)


The 15 Rules of Web Disruption:

How to Spot – and Defeat – Disruption on the Internet

David Martin’s Thirteen Rules for Truth Suppression,  H. Michael Sweeney’s 25 Rules of Disinformation (and now Brandon Smith’s Disinformation: How It Works) are classic lessons on how to spot disruption and disinformation tactics.

In the 7 years that we’ve been writing on the web, we’ve seen a number of tactics come or go.  Here are the ones we most often see.

1.  Start a partisan divide-and-conquer fight or otherwise push emotional buttons to sew discord and ensure that cooperation is thwarted.   Get people fighting against each other instead of the corrupt powers-that-be.  Use baseless caricatures to rile everyone up.  For example, accuse the author of being a gay, pro-abortion limp-wristed wimp  or being a fundamentalist pro-war hick when the discussion has nothing to do with abortion, sexuality, religion, war or region.          
   Sweeney explains:

Sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule … Associate opponents with unpopular titles such as “kooks”, “right-wing”, “liberal”, “left-wing”, “terrorists”, “conspiracy buffs”, “radicals”, “militia”, “racists”, “religious fanatics”, “sexual deviates”, and so forth. This makes others shrink from support out of fear of gaining the same label, and you avoid dealing with issues.

For the rest, due to fair use, you'll have to follow the link.

Forewarned is forearmed.  

Originally posted to Lisa Lockwood on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 08:57 AM PDT.

Also republished by The Rebel Alliance, Trolls, Political Language and Messaging, Logic and Rhetoric at Daily Kos, and Anonymous Dkos.

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