Galoot wrote:Jason, do you want a lively and successful discussion board or not? If so, then quit trying to change human nature, which is to RESPOND to someone who is being provocatively stupid.
As Snoqueen said, this has been tried over and over again over the last 15 years, and it ALWAYS fails when the moderators just plead with the community to not respond to the trolls. It is much like the owner of a coffeeshop refusing to kick out the street person who is walking around and trying to butt into each and every conversation. It's stupid to expect people to not respond when the troll is deliberately trying to provoke a response.
So it's your choice. You can sit and whine and wail about how we are not following your clear moderator instructions to just not post responses to the troll--even though you just started a thread which seemed to clearly INVITE that troll to respond--or you can actually BE A MODERATOR, and realize that you aren't going to change human nature by your oh-so-sincere requests.
And you haven't said why you can't filter out the "free iPhone" posts either.
Thanks to SCOTUS, they now count as constitutionally-protected commercial speech! <grin>
But seriously: the above. Maybe Jason hasn't surveyed the wreckage all over certain sections of the forum - it's plausible, as it took 5 pages of feedback in this thread for him to respond.
Even as a committed non-feeder of trolls over the past 5 years/2,000+ posts, I am finding the forum increasingly unusable due to the declining signal-to-noise ratio.