Five ways to defeat blog trolls and cyberstalkers

Anyone who has participated in the blogosphere in the past two months knows the troubling story of Kathy Sierra, a prominent blogger who was the victim of online threats that included violent sexual acts and murder ("Death threats force woman to suspend blog, cancel talk at O'Reilly conference"''. When the harassment spread beyond her own blog to two others that were affiliated with other prominent bloggers, Sierra became so terrified that she canceled an upcoming speaking engagement and took a hiatus from blogging.

But Sierra isn't the only one to endure online harassment. In fact, some would argue that she's just the most visible -- if not the most historically egregious -- tip of an iceberg that has been around since Internet discussions began in the early 1980s. "Between now and the early days of Usenet, the level of abusive behavior has been distressingly constant," says Tim Bray, a veteran blogger and director of Web technologies at Sun Microsystems Inc.

The difference is, with 70 million blogs in existence today and 1.4 new blogs created every second, according to blog search engine Technorati Inc., there are just more people participating in online discussions, and "the more crazy people you've got reading them, the wilder the whole blogosphere can become," says Richard Silverstein, who advocates for a peaceful approach to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his blog.

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The golden rule in internet:

Protect your own privacy at any cost, not only credit card numbers but also your name, photo and confidental datas.

Putting your own name and saying "hey... i'm a woman" was a clear way to call trolls and psychos in internet. Any seasoned in internet known that there are a lot of psychotics in internet, in fact internet is their own and particular playgroup.

This is stupid. When you become famous, of course you are going to receive death threats and so on. It comes as part of the job.

rich.bradshaw said,
Yeah, since people have realised that I am Bono from U2, I have had a number of online death threats. It almost pushed me over The Edge.

:cheeky: I think thats the funniest joke I've heard in a long time. Yeah, if you're famous, death threats come along with it :P

I think thats the funniest joke I've heard in a long time. Yeah, if you're famous, death threats come along with it

Honestly, people would ring me at 2 in the morning, and I'd be like, "Who in the naaaaame of loooove is that?"...

What... Neowin has the most trolls in the whole internet.... God, if only we just had Linux users here, then there would be no problems at all...

rich.bradshaw said,
What... Neowin has the most trolls in the whole internet.... God, if only we just had Linux users here, then there would be no problems at all...
TROLL!

rich.bradshaw said,
What... Neowin has the most trolls in the whole internet.... God, if only we just had Linux users here, then there would be no problems at all...

No, then we'd have Linux trolls instead of Windows trolls. Perhaps you noticed that the name of this place is Neowin.net, not Neonix.net?
Hey, guess what? There's a reason for that.