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Whether in real life, on the internet, or in your game: is there an advantage to NOT simply ignoring idiots, trolls, or nasty individuals?
Is there ever an advantage or benefit to talking to them? Replying? Trolling them back? Defending the target they're assaulting?
IMO, defending someone who is being bullied IRL is important, and you're a coward to not defend them if it's obvious they're being trolled or insulted by a rotten apple.
So why not also defend targets of bullies / bad people online? I do not believe in "situational ethics" where morality and right/wrong change based on where you are or what society thinks. Bullying is bullying, being mean to each other is being mean, and regardless if you're insulting someone IRL or online-- it's both insulting someone.
IMO, all people deserve to be listened to and responded to. This is basic respect. Yet idiots and trolls can easily take advantage of this respect. Idiots rarely need to be listened to, as they often fail to understand basic logic or mature, respectful debate.
Yet in my experience, rarely (if ever) do immature, childish, racist, idiotic, or any other type of irrational person is ever worth the wasted time of talking to them or even acknowledging their existence. Never will you change their mind, and if you box them in with irrefutable logic, they will simply "shut down" and become entirely silenced (perhaps embarassed that they were defeated so harshly) but still not change their opinion.
A "bad" debater can eventually turn around and lose their rigid beliefs and eventually become open-minded to other possibilities and THEN become reasonable to talk to. But until then, people are often close-minded. Being opinionated isn't bad. Whatever side you believe isn't what people have a problem with. Refusing to listen or consider facts is though. It's not what you do or don't think, it's WHY you think it that people label you as an idiot, a genius, or something inbetween.