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Even Grandmothers Can Be Online Trolls
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Celyn
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Celyn,
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2/13/2013 | 9:52:18 PM
re: Even Grandmothers Can Be Online Trolls
Bit sexist blaming grannies!! There were minimal offensive posts. There were a few strongly opinionated people, did Saga expect that the 50 + fraternity lost all their marbles and didn't have strong points of view? It was a site that most enjoyed, making friendships and even romances developed. It provided support for many elderly people who will now, after being given this socialisation lifeline by Saga, have had it ripped away without warning leaving them deeply saddened. Saga have a social responsibility to the forum members from who they have taken away a comfort zone where they could talk through their troubles and socialsie with on line friends, many who met up at *meets* throughout the country. It had become a *community*. This is the positive side, which was the prolific side. One or two trolls!! What a surprise, and nothing to make such a song and dance about.
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James,
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2/13/2013 | 9:22:23 PM
re: Even Grandmothers Can Be Online Trolls
Reality. Saga's owner was losing -ú4.1 billion and the zone was a lose maker. Badly promoted and moderated. A very few trolls, the actual ones that is with proxy ISPs not the MARRIED couples sharing a computer had been causing problems for years. Sagazone would occasionaly ban them then ignore them coming back under a different name. Most of the forum members used it for support. Some housebound, some bedbound accessing through carers, some depressed all manners of problems relating to age. Over the past few weeks they were banning for no reason, well they gave none. Typically people seeing a friend banned wondered why. Not even the person knew as they had NEVER posted anything offensive.as they were sticking to the support areas. In one case involving a group going through bereavement one got banned. Others asked so they got banned and then the whole discussion around the mutual support running back several years was deleted. Nothing at all to do with racist etc. etc. Oh and then, against policy, they "banned" the dead partner of one these. Claimed they had deleted themselves after death. Must be because they shared the same computer. Or those who had taken over had no idea of what they were doing.
It became, increasingly, a big company trying to bully the zone members. To repeat none of these were posting bigoted comments. These all stayed well clear of the areas where this things might be discussed. On the areas where it had been happening the moderators had ignored all abusive postings and seemed to encourage them, foot traffic increasing advertising income? It was down to other members to slap them down, and on the whole they did. This was simply a matter of Saga bailing out earlier than planned. The zone members had read the business pages and were aware it was likely to close down. Instead of dignified closure however they have labelled everyone over 50 as elderly bigots. A theme the parts of the media that have noticed have picked up like a dog with bone whilst ignoring the realities of what actually happened there. Saga's corporate name now stinks. The media are not the only source. Most of those kicked in the teeth and had their support pulled away have reconnected and posting on other forums around the net. And they are very angry indeed.
GBARRINGTON196
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GBARRINGTON196,
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2/7/2013 | 1:58:30 PM
re: Even Grandmothers Can Be Online Trolls
I'm willing to bet the offensive material came from long established trouble-makers and not from the clientele that this site intended to serve. That's not to say us 'legacy humans' are any less screwed up than the rest of the population, but I DO like to think we manifest our insanity with more class and sense of style than the average troll and eStalker.


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