Crypto fans may have noticed a recent surge in hostility directed at Dash. More on why that’s a good thing later, but in the meantime it helps to understand the breadth and depth of the ongoing troll wars in the cryptoverse. Though I mainly do a lot of writing now, I was originally recruited for Dash Force for what’s colloquially known as the “troll patrol,” or to counter the false narratives of hostile actors in the space. I’ve learned a lot fighting in the trenches. Here’s a field manual to winning a troll war. Each of the links below leads to a whole article expanding further on the particular point. Happy clicking!
1: The cryptocurrency world is a loud and hostile place
Regrettably, right now the cryptoverse is filled with aggressive and hostile characters. This is because of a variety of factors, but it mostly boils down to this: you have an emergent field where social graces are not as valued, where anonymity is specifically prized, all competing over network effects. This has led to a lot of fighting for dominance among the persuasion-challenged, resulting in a lot of ugliness. It comes with the territory, we must act accordingly.
As tempted as one might be to simply turn away and ignore the hostility, that’s a very bad idea. The trolls will keep on trolling, emboldened each time a good actor just gives up and quits the space. Pushing back encourages the good actors and tires out/discourages the bad. It’s a necessary measure to prevent the evil elements from taking complete control over the space.
While you shouldn’t give up, trolling back is an equally bad idea. If one troll attacks someone else and that person trolls back, now there are two trolls, multiplying the ugliness in the space and driving out the good actors even quicker. Instead, maintain the intellectual upper hand, stay cool, and stand your ground with moral authority. This fights back while maintaining a strong and clear good vs. evil narrative to onlookers looking for a side to back. Be strong, but be righteous.
Trolling establishes narrative control by repeatedly shouting one message over and over, in absence of a competing viewpoint. If people only hear one story they will be forced to accept it, while introducing a second opinion makes them undecided pending further research. If the truth is on your side, this is always a win, as onlookers will either remain indifferent or look closely into the claims of each side, which is a death blow to the trolls.
5: Fighting trolls improves your understanding
A welcome bonus of being forced to fight message wars all day is what that does for your understanding of the subject. When you spend your days doing research and crafting arguments to counter the constant barrage of troll attacks, you know your stuff really well. This will make you a better advocate for your cause, and give you a deeper appreciation and greater understanding of the underlying technology.
6: Message wars are hard, and that’s good
Trolls didn’t become trolls because they had patience an work ethic. It’s a tactic of cheaters, and cheaters cheat because they don’t want to put in the hard work and lack the serenity to win on their own merit. When engaged in a full-on message war against a competent and informed resistance, trolling becomes work. This alone will cause many of them to simply give up.
You say “More on why that’s a good thing later, …”, but then never get back to why that is a good thing. Am I missing something?
Never in this article. I’m planning an upcoming video this week, but didn’t to promise anything specific…. like you just made me do 😛
LOL! Sorry. Still I will be looking forward to you video and/or future article. 🙂 Thanks for the hard work and info you and your group provides!
Coindesk article about Dash entitled “DASHed Hopes? Dash Price Looking Heavy as Bullish Setup Stumbles” published Sep 27, 2017 at 14:10 UTC by Omkar Godbole can be found here:
I have tried to call them out multiple times in the comments. They are censoring comments they don’t like. My comments were not dishonest or offensive. Here is my second attempt to post my comment:
This is the second
time I’ve posted this and, to you, the moderator who is censoring this, maybe
instead of hitting the “censor” button, you should think about how
dishonest you’re being by censoring content that is not dishonest or offensive
in any way.
When CoinDesk publishes an article about a particular cryptocurrency, at the
end of the article, there may or may not be a little blurb in which CoinDesk
mentions that they are somehow connected to that particular cryptocurrency.
An article entitled “Zcash Audit Finds No Serious Issues in Launch
Ceremony Security” was published on CoinDesk on Sep 21, 2017 at 18:10 UTC
by Morgen Peck.
The last part of the article contains the following:
“Disclosure: CoinDesk is a subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which has
an ownership stake in Zcash Company.”
I noticed that there is no such Disclosure at the bottom of the Dash
article. Could it be that CoinDesk doesn’t like Dash because it is a direct
competitor with ZCash in the privacy centric wing of the CryptoSpace?
They say numbers don’t lie, but mathematicians use numbers to tell lies, or,
in other words, to portray a certain situation in whatever light they so
Matthew Berry, long time fantasy sports media personality, now working for
ESPN, has made this point regularly. He will assemble statistics about two
players, Player A and Player B. He will build an argument praising player A and
another argument that throws shade on player B. He then always reveals that
Player A is the same person as Player B.
Why is this author ignoring the pattern that David Dinkins mentioned in his
comment? Why are they ignoring the fact that the 200 day simple moving average
is below the 100 day SMA which is below the 50 day SMA, which is below the 20
day SMA, which is below the 10 day SMA, which is below spot?
People don’t like being sandbagged. CoinDesk,
please be journalists, not cheerleaders for your own portfolio.”
Interesting point, but it’s a difficult point to make hard, I think
Looks like my messages got through 🙂 Amazing how censorship always seems to get it’s butt kicked by freedom of speech.
I think it was the link that got the comment stuck.
1) invest with your mind not your heart
2) It’s easy to switch coins( that why i switched from mostly BTC to mostly Dash 🙂
Yes, you should absolutely be able to make a solid head-based decision backing all your feelies.