…and welcome to the TROLL MANNAGEMINT THRED (ALLCAPSed and misspelled accordingly). This is your thread for discussing the status of trolls.
I try to keep this a free speech zone where pretty much anything goes, and most of the time it works.
We’ve had a few visiting wingnuts lately. Some are trolls, some are not, and some defy description. The trolls are mostly drive-bys who take a shit on the carpet and run. But some stick around and become part of the landscape.
That nasty little freakshow of a troll we had a couple of weeks back was a good example of someone who deserved banning, brain damage run amok, an obsessively deranged nutcase who sat here for hours on end firing a nonstop volley of incoherent insults at other commenters in a Tourette’s-like frenzy. Much to my chagrin, people kept responding to her which just encouraged her even more. I hate to use the ban hammer, but that one finally had to be put to sleep for her own good and everyone else’s.
However, I won’t ban everyone who expresses a dissenting opinion, even (especially?) if it’s jawdroppingly wrong and stupid. Most blogs tend to be echo chambers to varying degrees, and I guess that’s the value I see in comments from the Dumb: they might be wrong and stupid about almost everything, but for whatever reason they seem to initiate discussion. When they’ve finally become too dumb, I just ignore them, and it seems to work okay.
But I could be wrong, and maybe this doesn’t work for everyone. What say you?