Sealioning: How to Deal with the Time-Wasting Troll Tactic We’re All Tired Of

Have you heard of sealioning? If you’ve encountered trolls online, there’s a good chance that you’ve come across it.

The term sealioning, coined by David Malki in his webcomic Wondermark, describes someone who pretends to be clueless about an issue in order to waste your time. It can be frustrating to go around in circles with them – and you’ve got better things to do.

So try these tips the next time a troll tries to sealion into your conversation!

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Alli was a Contributing Comic Artist for Everyday Feminism from 2015 to 2017. They are the creator of the webcomic PunkPuns and the vocalist of the L.A. queer feminist punk band P.I.T. Alli has a degree in English Literature, which is cheerfully wasted in pop literary criticism discourse on Tumblr.