__/ [ High Plains Thumper ] on Wednesday 02 August 2006 13:50 \__
> Mark Kent wrote:
>> It's our troll-feeders who need the most education here; they do not
>> seem to grasp that troll-feeding is not all that smart...
> I have seen my score degrade in Roy Culley's statistics, for replying to
I suspect that Roy's stats are what (at least initially)
motivated me to never or rarely reply to trolls.
Conversations I have been involved in have been much more
pleasing and pleasant since. Those who argue that without
two conflicting sides there will be no activity in COLA are
urged to look at stimulating, constructive discussions among
Linux advocates. These are both friendly and educational...
with true merits rather than ever bearing a trace of
> Sometimes an apt reply to a troll does good. However, you are right. I
> some just go at it to the troll's delight. This is unfortunate.
There is a marginal point where a reader/poster becomes a
troll, I think. For example, I am yet to witness what makes
Tim Smith so skeptic that he should be ignored. I still
think he participates in the wrong newsgroup because he is
not here to advocate Linux, but only to challenge those who
do. Nonetheless, his presence here, much like the presense of
all trolls is an implication of their desire to embrace Lin-
ux. It's like the criminal that hangs around the scene of a
crime, hoping to be caught.
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