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Fluffs, Bunnies and Trolls

It has come up on various lists and groups I'm in or close to: "bunny hunting".

What do I see it as? A way for the community to make life uncomfortable for malicious people - sexual predators, cult leaders (and wannabes), street drug pushers, plagiarists, and abusive trolls who try to play divide and destroy. A lot of the tools these malicious types use are the fluffy stuff - candy coated feel good crap to draw in victims. They set up sticky nests, trying to gather in credulous targets, or they invade healthy groups of seekers and practitioners to troll and sew dissent and hate with lies, twisting of teachings, or just plain abuse.

I "hunt" these bottom feeders, and try to minimize their effect where I can. You have a problem with that? Too bad. If you armchair net-pshrink diagnose me as having some sort of "complex" for it, I will add you to my list of idiots to ignore.

If you want to believe whatever $ilverRavingFluff writes, fine. I'll laugh, and tell you where I think she's full of shit. If you have a "coven" based on her books, so what? I'll just shake my head. But if you try to recruit people into your coven so you can score some "hot magick sexx" while telling them that "the goddess wants you to get laid by everyone in circle", I have a problem with you.

If you join a group with bad information, and put your foot in it a few times, hey, it happens to all of us. No big deal, you learn and go on. But if you join a group and spread lies, malicious gossip, and are always attacking what the group stands for, then you are an abusive troll, and I will try to be rid of you.

If you quote, attribute, and discuss someone else's writings, I'll read, and maybe even link - it's fair use. If you lift it wholesale without permission or even attribution, I'll be contacting the original author.

And so on. When fluffy behavior is used to abuse, deceive or steal from people, then you are a toxic bunny - a pest, even a predator - then I will try to stop you. Else, my silence would equal assent to your misconduct (if I know about it.)

But if the person is only ignorant, or under-informed, then I will try to help them find better information, and even help them sort out the bewildering array of actual traditions out there that are not just "eclectic wicca" and find what's right for them. That is like hunting with a camera.



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Feb. 8th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
I'm with you on the predator elimination. Such people prey on others, and need to be run off. Such people cut swaths through communities that take years to heal- if ever.

But I prefer helping ordinary newbies get through their fluffy stage, by being a helpful teacher, confidant, and the one with experience. I don't have the time any more to frequent the boards where youngsters hang out, but I used to. That wasn't really 'bunny-hunting', that was more like bunny-helping.
Feb. 8th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
Happy hunting.

bring a 9 iron.

Feb. 8th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
I tend to think of myself as a 'fluffy' pagan, but I am glad that there are folks like you out there who will go after the predators and try to keep the innocents from being taken in. Glad you are my friend.
Feb. 8th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
Thank You Ravan. You make the world safer for the rest of us.
Just take care, they get nasty when cornered and don't play nice or fair.
Feb. 8th, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC)
Neither does she when it is needed.
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