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Last Post by Swamp Pop at 12/08/2012 6:27 PM (29 Replies)
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User is Offline RabbitPam
South Florida
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1/05/2011 1:30 PM

Hi, BinkyBunniers,

I just want to say how truly caring and devoted our members are, to both their own bunnies, bunnies in general, and to this site. You make it a great place to drop by daily, and I thank you for that. It's like a fuzzy, cyberspace place to share our stories and dilemmas, goofy pix and poignant moments that only other house bunny slaves can share. It's nice, and you guys are nice, too.

I've learned a lot about the internet in the last year as a Forum Leader here, and a term and practice I've learned, among others, is Troll and trolling. I can't understand the practice - why waste your own time? - but it seems that there are people out there with nothing better to do than take advantage of the anonymity provided by the internet to find a stable group of folks who come together for a mutual interest and stir things up. Maybe it's fun to read. Maybe it's a relief from boredom and the tedium of being alone when people avoid you in person. But it's lousy and it happens. So Trolls are identified and dumped as soon as possible. Thus, the Alerts button.

But what if someone knows about the limits set on a site like this and is just shy of a bonafied troll? Nothing asked, no advice needed, just hanging around to push people's buttons, start arguements and generally be a pain in the furry butt? What then?

We are not fish.

We don't have to take the bait.

Bait works because it is disguised as something else, often in our case a legitimate question or concern, and then the controversy begins.

So, as someone who knows how passionate and compassionate our members here are, I am asking you to be on the lookout for bait.

It does not feed your souls. Don't eat it. Don't swallow bull when you read it. Step back, hit the Alert button if you want to, close the post, and go back to the legitimate interactions with the other members who really need and want your advice and welcome your input. And your pictures. And your sharing in their lives with furbabies large and small.

If you want to be a fish, I'll get you the link for an aquatic website. But please think before biting bait. We care and want you to enjoy your time here.

Thanks for reading. RP

P.S. Not a single name is being mentioned here. And I don't want to see any mention of any names in replies. They will be deleted. But if you find yourself bristling reading this because you think I mean you, pay attention to that uncomfortable feeling. It's called shame. You know if you deserve to be feeling it.

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User is Offline FluffyBunny
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1/05/2011 1:50 PM
Thanks for this post!

I admit, I've trolled other sites in the past. It can be fun, sure, but if you're doing it to pull apart a community or hurt other people, that's just cruel. Is it really worth getting so many people all worked up just so that you can get a few laughs?
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Here comes Mr. Bunny-tail, hoppin' down the rabby trail.
Hippity hoppity, binkitty floppity, Bunbun's on his way.
Then hops down Ms. Rabbit-girl, hoppin' down the bunny
trail. Hippity hoppity, binkitty floppity, Rabby's on her way.


User is Offline Petzy
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1/05/2011 3:22 PM
Well said, Pam. I agree.
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User is Offline Momto3boys
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1/05/2011 3:40 PM
That is so well written and so true...I 100% agree.

User is Offline Beka27
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1/05/2011 4:08 PM
You are quite the eloquent lady, my dear friend Pam. (((hugs)))
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User is Offline RabbitPam
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1/05/2011 5:27 PM

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User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
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1/05/2011 9:35 PM
Totally AWESOME post Pam Eloquent is right
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User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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1/06/2011 1:03 AM

Well said.

((((((making Disapproving face towards that person or persons)))))))))

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User is Offline RabbitPam
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1/06/2011 1:25 AM
Glad you guys understand.

I just want to add that humor, the kind we share, is NOT trolling. Poking fun at someone you know to be a friend who won't mind or will poke back, is not the same as getting a laugh - alone - at someone else's expense. I love our irreverent humor here, so I don't include that in my caution.
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User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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1/06/2011 1:30 AM

Yeah, I don't think BB would be as fun if we were all a bunch of old fuddy-duddys.


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User is Offline grumpybun
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1/06/2011 1:33 AM
I was going to write "Pam, you sound just like my mum" but then I realised you probably wouldn't understand that I meant it as a rather hefty compliment. So I shall just ditto what is written above and say ta
Grief can take care if itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebunny to divide it with

User is Offline Elrohwen
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1/06/2011 4:22 AM
Well said! Cheers to that!
- Elrohwen

User is Offline kralspace
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1/06/2011 5:02 AM
'old fuddy duddy'.....was someone calling me?? ;-)

ditto Rabbitpam! well said
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User is Offline ScooterandAnnette
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1/06/2011 8:04 AM
When I saw the title of this thread my first thought was of Scooter's fish that lives in his office - his name is Bait.
- Annette
Pet Parents to: Aeryn, Tegan, Keelie, and Kiera (bunnies); Harley, Sierra, Ringo and Owen (cats); Dakota (dog). We miss our Rainbow Bunnies: Keiran, Kylie, Reno, Carbun, Kaylee and our boy Bailey.

User is Offline RabbitPam
South Florida
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1/06/2011 1:38 PM
LOL I can just see you and Scooter naming a fishy Bait.

Grumpybun, I am flattered.

(I am also getting dangerously closed to FuddyDuddydom. Call me Elmer.)
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User is Offline babybunsmum
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1/06/2011 2:06 PM
this is yet another reason why i love this site
thx rp!
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User is Offline mocha200
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1/06/2011 5:18 PM

I Agree

Thanks for posting RP!

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User is Offline cactuspancake
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1/11/2011 3:11 PM
Fluffbabies!! I haven't heard that one yet haha!
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User is Offline MirBear
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1/11/2011 3:27 PM
Well said RP, deffinatly appreciate the kindness of your post. Carrot juice anyone? *Toasts to RP*
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User is Offline ScooterandAnnette
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1/12/2011 9:31 AM
Scooter here. Actually the current office fish (Betta splendus aka Siamese fighting fish) is named Bait IV. His various predecessors have since been given honorable "burials at sea", if you know what I mean....Given a betta's typical life span, we figure we'll be around Bait XVII or so by the time I retire.

But yeah, RabbitPam's original point is well taken and I'm also glad she brought it up.
Pet Parents to: Aeryn, Tegan, Keelie, and Kiera (bunnies); Harley, Sierra, Ringo and Owen (cats); Dakota (dog). We miss our Rainbow Bunnies: Keiran, Kylie, Reno, Carbun, Kaylee and our boy Bailey.
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