Remember, trolling is all about purposeful discord. People can dissent and be perfectly genuine about it. But once they start accusing, name-calling, judging, and simply making cruel comments, there’s nothing authentic or constructive about that.
Medium trolls tend to do three things:
- They mock your credibility as a writer.
- They inject irrelevant rants into their responses that make you wonder if they even read your work.
- They usually tap into some sort of contrarianism or alt movement (for my pieces on feminism, I tend to get MRAs and alt-right trolls who don’t actually engage with my work).
I’ve only blocked one or two people who were making a habit of leaving insulting responses on all my stories. Otherwise, I just ignore them. I read every response I get and clap for the ones I think are valuable, even if they’re disagreeing with me.