I've been online since 1998 and conditioned to "not feed the trolls". Though I just read an article about the shift of the "quality" of trolling nowadays which may require to rethink that strategy. Otherwise, the article suggests, the trolls (and the opinion machineries behind it) may win. If every sane person would oppose the opinion of a troll just once a day, any troll/bot would drown in a flood of counter posts.
The #Diaspora community has been mostly shown to be a very tolerant and cooperative crowd, though I noticed that more and more posts are getting hijacked by trolls in the comments.
So, the #question is: Are we that far? Do we really have to allocate resources to counter trolls/bots?
I'd still say** no**. It might be wrong from the PR point of view, but since I see Diaspora as a social network, I think we should rely on the social competences of our members to spot trolls and bots when we see them.
On the other hand, if Diaspora develops as I hope, we'll have to deal with the issue of controlled opinion building at some point anyhow.
So: Would a "Opose a troll once a day" campaign do any good on Diaspora right now?
I still think: no, but I keep reading comments that counter that thought.