Wait... what's the goal here? To actually improve the quality of posts, or just stop the complaints? 'Cuz if it's the latter, I suggest just publishing the names and addresses of complainers. That'll learn'em.
scratch wrote:D-man is sincere and... The only subject where his postings approach troll-level for me are the ones about gun rights
I've tried to have a reasonable conversation with D-Man about guns and found it to be impossible. But is it really any more impossible than having that discussion with Henry Vilas? I think they are equally likely to ignore evidence, refuse to answer simple and direct questions, make strawman arguments, or revert to personal insults (and then turn around and accuse their opponents of doing all those things, natch.)
scratch wrote:Meade views this forum as the place to make his name as an insightful and incisive voice of contrarian reason
Whereas the gun thread brings out the bullheadedness of sincere posters who honestly want to contribute to TDP, Meade just seems intent on actively destroying this place. Nothing demonstrates this more than the Intrade thread, where even after pleas from the community to just stop already (both on and off the main thread), Meade persisted. For weeks. It takes a special kind of derangement to pursue an unfunny (supposed) joke to such extremes.
Anyway, here's my proposal for how to deal with trolls:
Kick anyone who posts demonstrably false information multiple times after they've been corrected. So, you can post anything you want a first time, but once someone proves you wrong, you may never post it again. If you knowingly perpetuate a lie, you lose your posting privileges. I don't know why our culture is so tolerant of lies in general, but there's no reason why we have to tolerate them here.