This is going to be one of those "how to make MHR better" posts, and it deals with trolls and how to fight them. I'll try to keep it short and sweet. We've been experiencing a substantial amount of trollage in the last couple of days thanks to the Brandon Marshall situation. I know how bad it got during the Jay Cutler saga (bad enough to make me leave for almost a month) and I really don't want to see it get that bad this time. We've got a lot of exciting things coming up like training camp and the preseason, and like Coach McDaniels says, those things will still happen even if Brandon Marshall is not there. So I'd rather talk about those things in the Fanposts, and not have to sift through the clutter of a hundred troll posts.
So how do we get rid of the trolls?
The flag feature is a very important tool in the War on Trolls, and it seems like we always forget about it. HT has written several posts on it like I'm doing here, but I want to make sure that the newer users, and even the older ones who forget about it, are familiar with it and can use it against the Troll Army. I say that the flag feature is probably our most valuable asset in the War on Trolls, so I'll try to put it in perspective. At the bottom of a Fanpost (and front page posts, if you want to flag Guru or something) next to the green rec button, is the yellow flag button. Press this, write a little blurb about why you think this person is being a troll, and it will be sent to the moderators, who will deal with it as they see fit. It's as easy as that, and it seems like we all always forget about it or take it for granted.
So how do you tell a troll from a not-troll? Simple. If the person states a concern they have or presents something in a negative light without being deliberately offensive, then they are not a troll. They probably have some good points, so you should heed what they say. Just remember that researched and intelligent negative points often spawn some of MHR's best open-forum discussions, so don't flag those. Also, not all fans of other teams are trolls. Sometimes we need an outsider's perspective and sometimes these people have good things to say, so don't automatically flag something by another team's fan.
However, if the person is attacking members of the site or the Broncos in a personal manner, then they are being a troll and should be dealt with accordingly. Troll, by definition, is a person who says something with the intention of eliciting an emotional response for the reader for his own amusement. So if you read something and think that the person is trying to get a response, then flag it!
The mods can't spend all their time searching for trolls and still pump out the insights that they do, so it is up to us, the readers, to keep the trolls off of our property and keep MHR the thriving community it is. Just by using the flag feature, we can seriously throw a monkey wrench in the Troll Army's MHR Invasion Plan.
And one more thing, don't feed the trolls! If you respond, you're doing exactly what they want you to do. Just flag and be silent. Even if a troll isn't banned, simply ignoring him can make him go to another site to live.