Trolling Defined

Trolling Defined:

Trolling includes, but is not limited to, when you are not actually putting forth useful information or a valid and reasoned response to something posted, are being argumentative for the sake of being argumentative, avoiding direct questions while demanding others answer your questions, posting an inflammatory comment and then calling others “hateful” when they respond to you, or are just generally looking to stir things up because you disagree but have no real argument for why you disagree.However, responding to a troll in an aggressive or rude manner is not considered trolling.Example of Trolling:

Member A says: “Social Security is unconstitutional and beyond the powers of Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.”

Troll responds: “What are you? A NAZI?”

Another Example of Trolling:

Member A says: “Social Security is unconstitutional and beyond the powers of Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.”

Perspective Troll responds: “Yes it does, it says that congress is to provide for the ‘general Welfare’!”

(note: At this is not considered trolling at this point however the conversation continues.)

Member A says: “The federalists clearly stated through James Madison in Federalist 41 that the ‘general Welfare’ clause only pertained to those powers specifically enumerated when they addressed this same complaint. Since the constitution was ratified on that explanation and no amendment has been made it must still be the accepted definition of the term.”

Troll responds: “Obviously you are just a heartless bastard who wants to starve people.”

(note: Now, it becomes trolling because the facts are laid out and the responder has ignored them and senseless accusations are made.)

Another Example of Trolling:

Troll posts first comment of: “America sucks and I’m leaving!”

Member A says: “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”

(note: This is not considered trolling by member A because their response is directed at an inflammatory comment by the troll.)

Trolls will be banned. Usually we wait to make sure that comments are not based on a misunderstanding before taking action. Misunderstandings are not considered trolling.


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