there has been a troll posting a few days ago (I've discoverd that on sunday), somone wanted to contact German girls in a disgusting way. Two days nothing happend, nobody seemed to care, I felt sad and finally I got angry because of such a lack of esteem for women's dignity. I thought about the ongoings at Cologne at the beginning of 2016 and I hardly could fight back my tears.
Yesterday morning a user made a comment that showed a quite clearly position, I saw some respect for women‘s affectivity. This made me think, Wefugee community management might have had a strategy to deal with troll postings (I actually don't know if the user is part of the management team): See and ignore troll postings but show some backbone when the chips are down. But now posting and comment are gone and I am waiting for the next troll.
Wefugee community management seems to be obviously completely indifferent concerning trolls or is a least unable to cope with troll postings.
There ain‘t no strategy at all, There is no commitment against inhuman speech any more!
I am dissapointed because Wefugee team seems to hush up problems and ducks out of facing critical situations instead of showing some attitude. It's a crying shame! That's why I say goodbye to Wefugee today.
People, get up and fight sexual harassment, no matter where your‘re from or what‘s your hair‘s or eye's colour, say NO to misogynic women troll postings!
it makes me, and my team, really really sad to read those words.
The troll on wefugees was defenitley not seen soon enough! I know it is our fault as admins to do not recognize those kind of things, but sometimes even we are having a day off. I truely apologize for this disgusting post, which we should have seen earlier. Nevertheless the late recognition didn't stop us from directly deleting the post and confronting the "whom ever who did that" with our decision. We do have a strategy regarding trolls. We do not accept them and we are contacting the person who did it. If you have any suggestions what else we can do, we are happy to hear them.
We do not want any kind of sexism, xenophobia or homophobia in this community!
Since we thought, this kind of things would be clear, we didn't saw the necessity of commenting the post ( and thus give him attention) or even let them stay in our community. As you are reproaching wefugees now, for not reacting, I recognize that I have to react!
You must know, that I am personally strongly engaged in fighting for women's rights and empowering women. I am also working for and I did created my own Women's right group in Berlin.
I am sure that Wefugees is build on the shoulders of people thinking like me in these manners. We should not let us stop or start to hate because of some idiot who is posting trolls!
I respect your desicion Hamida but I still hope that you are reading my answer and rethink it. Wefugees needs strong women like you!
I am glad that you brought this up, even though I am very very sad to read it.
You´re right, the admin community is perhaps in a phase where we are not 24/7 on the forum, available to block horrible posts such as that one. The ideal would be able to directly filter posts that are unnecessarily vulgar, offensive and a help to no one in our community. We are now absolutely instating measures to ensure that such a post does not pass us again.
However, as Henrietta said, that is not the case currently and so the post stayed on the forum for much too long. You mentioned that you felt as though someone was in the background "watching" during this time, and I see what you mean by that. I am so happy and proud of the community because that post did not turn into some angry and inflamed commentary. It was primarily ignored as it should have been until it was deleted.
The user was sent an email before the question was deleted (although I don´t think that the email address given was real). Unfortunately trolls are inherent to the internet, and especially forums, so you are right that there has to be a tactic against them. We do not not tolerate that kind of troll, period. The inaction was a failure of vigilance, not a failure of our position towards bigotry and hatefulness.
The question and responses were then deleted along with the user´s account. As I said, I am happy that you brought this up because it should be made absolutely clear to any other trolls out there that those posts will absolutely NOT be tolerated. However, the question had to be deleted because (besides being offensive and crude) it was not helpful to anyone in the community. It was not a source of information, knowledge, or would it have been a means of having a conversation like we are now.
All of that being said, your decision is as always respected. I would also like to hear more about suggestions as to how to fight trolls! We really value our community so much exactly because of these conversations.
All the best,
I think everyone knows that the troll was deleted to slowly, but for a good reason. His Nickname alone was one reason. It was seen to slowly, but then Wefugees did the right thing.
I don't understand why someone would leave a nice helping community, because someone just acted to slow. Henriette just Apologised for it and I think with this the topic should be done.
- some human-
Leaving is not the solution. Fighting against trolling is the best way I think.