How trolls, haters, death threats and ‘your wrong’ is making the Left stronger – by 99

Firstly, has anyone noticed that people who constantly criticise others regularly spell “you’re wrong” as “your wrong”? But anyway…

A couple of weeks ago, I put out a call, I have money in the Turn Left budget, did anyone know any Leftie blogs that could do with a donation or sponsorship, there were no blogs suggested, not even a “me, pick me, pick me”.

Then I read this article on The Guardian site:
Troll’s comments prompt author to pledge charity donation for every insult, here is an extract from that article

The internet might have given unprecedented freedom to writers, but with it comes inevitable exposure to trolls. Now one US author has decided to tackle online baiting head-on, in a move that could see payouts of tens of thousands of dollars to four civil rights, women’s issues and LGBT charities.

John Scalzi is the author of several books… Fed up of being constantly targeted on his website by one particular individual and his followers, Scalzi decided to take action, pledging US$5 every time “the Racist Sexist Homophobic Dipshit in question posts an entry on his site in which he uses my name (or one of his adorable nicknames for me)”.

Scalzi put a ceiling on his “troll tip jar” of US$1,000, figuring that gave his bête noir 200 opportunities to abuse him over the coming year, and said he’d give the cash to four charities

That gave me an idea: for every hater that comments, every death threat, implied death threat, threat of sexual violence, Tony Abbott fanbois telling me or any authors on Turn Left “your wrong”, anti union, anti PM Julia Gillard, anti ALP, anti greens, etc, etc, comment on this blog, $1 will be going to The Greens, The ALP and Tony Windsor’s re-election campaign. If / when Rob Oakeshott announces his intention he may be added to the donation list, depending on his choice.

Exceptions will be made for “you’re wrong”s that point out factual, spelling or grammar errors. They’re helpful not hateful.

Like Scalzi, my ceiling will be $1000. That is over 300 negative comments, which will only serve to make the Left, and Independents, stronger.

On the other hand, there might be no negative comments, in which case, I get a weekend in the Tropics with the money, yah.


9 Comments to “How trolls, haters, death threats and ‘your wrong’ is making the Left stronger – by 99”

  1. LOVE it! Treat trolls and bigots with contempt they deserve.

  2. Good idea and good on you!

  3. Love it! Stick it up the “your wrong” trolls.

  4. Great idea. Don’t think the trolls will get the gist of your idea though. They don’t seem to understand the difference between good discussion and bad behaviour. The weekend in the Tropics sounds lovely though.

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