TAP – You could add, pictures and videos are removed, sometimes whole posts. Videos often mysteriously stop working. Copying and pasting can sometimes be very difficult with colours self-adjusting to make text seem to disappear, or letter sizing can get locked in very small letters. There are many other techniques being used.
Natural News –
Down the rabbit hole
Don’t feed the trolls
- Forum sliding: posting multiple times so that a sensitive topic gets pushed down the thread – ‘out of sight, out of mind’
- Consensus cracking: making a post with a very weak premise, then following the post with convincing-looking evidence and disinformation. Uninformed readers are more likely to come round to the original poster’s position
- Topic dilution: making plenty of irrelevant postings to the same thread and distracting other posters from the topic at hand.
Awareness is everything
Call to action
- Be aware that techniques to direct people’s thinking exist and are being used on forums. Become familiar with the techniques and learn to recognise and deal with them – and don’t forget to alert others on the forum when the techniques are being employed!