Blogs attract commenters. This is perfectly normal and shouldn’t be cause for concern. Usually.
The comment section on blog posts can be a place where discussion flourishes and lively debates frolic in the sun. Or it could be a desolate post-apocalyptic mutant-riddled wasteland of rage and ad hominems. Sometimes, your commenters will be smart, funny, and constantly challenging you to write better and smarter content. Or sometimes, you’ll find yourself arguing with a person who doesn’t want to be convinced. For whatever reason, they’ve decided to ignore everything you’ve written and inundate you with bullshit. They’re on a mission. Nobody really knows what that mission is (least of all them), but they’ll be damned if they’re going to let your logic and reason get in their way.
You’ve somehow managed to attract a troll. You poor bastard.
Fortunately, the good people over at the Internet have been working tirelessly on this problem. Years of study and careful analysis of this ubiquitous (yet elusive) creature has resulted in a foolproof strategy for troll eradication:
Though backed by science and proven to eliminate even the worst troll infestations, this policy can sometimes feel too restrictive. A less effective but extremely more satisfying way of dealing with trolls, is through the use of macros. When ignoring isn’t an option and reason has been taken off the table, you respond to nonsense with ridicule.
Inspired by the comments on a recent post here at Skeptic North, and a complete inability to find any skeptical macros using Google image search, I decided to make some Evidence or GTFO macros of my own:
Now that I’ve shown you mine, you show me yours. What are your best/favourite skeptical macros?