David Thompson


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May 26, 2018



Although originally a non-offensive reference to fishing by trolling for comments or suggestions, the term in Internetspeak has evolved and now refers to someone who engages in discussions purely to provoke or annoy. Because trolls take away from productive work, the ideal response is to starve the troll of attention by ignoring it and going about your usual business. People being people, though, someone usually takes the bait, which is why trolls are so notorious.

Many presume that troll refers to the ugly monsters who eat people alive, but the term derives from the practice in fishing of dragging a baited hook or lure behind a moving boat (trolling).[2] In other words, trolls are looking for some sucker to bite.

...Not a term I use lightly...


smile politely, and march on past.

That's what I do.


I guess y'all are right, WTP and Geezer; I just have the weakness memorably depicted by XKCD (https://xkcd.com/386).

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I just have the weakness memorably depicted by XKCD...

Completely understandable, and something to which I must confess having fallen prey to upon occasion, but in this instance henceforth I have to look at it, as it is really no different, as having to resist giving the brat acting up in the store a swat - just not worth it in the long run.


Alex, as you note, Nothing in all of the goalpost-shifting, irrelevant links, and other simulacra of debate here is an argument.

Now . . . if you can state an error---and that means something that can be refuted, not merely something that you hope to disagree with--That is something to discuss and comment on . . .


Oh, I’m quite guilty as well. We all fall off the wagon from time to time. It helps to have a partner you can call on when you’re feeling week, but since that isn’t exactly practical blog-wise, we take turns helping a brother out. Maybe next time, you can be there for me. Promise?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Maybe next time, you can be there for me. Promise?

Orale, I got your back vato.

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