jjoyce wrote:There's a difference between being provocative and being a troll.
Somebody who annoys you is being provocative.
Somebody who annoys me is a troll.
Back in the medieval period of the internet, the late 1990's, discussions were pretty much all done on usenet using newsreader programs. (If you don't know what this means, think of interconnected telegraph machines.) It was mostly or totally unmonitored. "Trolls" were emotionally-disturbed people who tried to ruin the discussions by posting racist or obscene graffiti, or by just spamming a topic with dozens of posts so it got too annoying to scan past their posts and the posts of fools who inevitably responded too them. Trolls were truly little social crimminals.
Nowadays, in the age of enlightenment and correctness, anybody who is annoying is called a "troll." It really is an insult to the trolling tradition.
My opinion in general is anybody who is incapable of ignoring some other poster really needs to grow a skin.