"Watts Up With That" Brings the Hammer Down on Trolls, Crushing Numerous Fictitious, Rabble-Rousing Skulls with One Mighty Blow ... Sort of
Some trolls are funny. Those are the trolls I can put up with (or up with put?).
It's the hate filled trolls with little white bits of saliva gummed up in the corners of their mouths I skip over (as opposed to skip under?). As you read the posts of these folks, you almost feel the flecks of body temperature spittle propelled by blasts of hot, garlic-infused bad breath flying at you as fast as simulated rocks in a Windows 98 Starfield screen saver.
Trolls are like MSNBC's Chris Matthews or John McLaughlin or anyone in the McLaughlin Group ranting six inches from your face. I like Chris Matthews ... sometimes. Just like I like Rush Limbaugh ... sometimes. I like the McLaughlin group ... all the time. I listen to all of them much less than ten years ago; mostly a clip here or there when someone posts some irresistible link bait or when I'm visiting a sick friend running a Dilaudid drip in a hospital equipped with basic cable.
Anyway, trolls, like beauty and the odd bent eyelash, are in the eye of the beholder.
Anhtony Watts cites a study on his Watts Up With That? site. The study covers topics like: everyone hates trolls, trolls are bad, trolls have personalities that only their mothers can love and how most trolls wet the bed until the age of thirty-seven.
Given the topic is troll crushing, it's funny to remember that almost anyone from Anthony's WUWT community would be considered a troll when commenting on any pro-AGW climate science piece posted at The Guardian or Skeptical Science. No matter how many "facts" or credentials you bring to the island, the natives will consider you a hate-filled, trouble-making, rabble-rousing troll. Being a dissenter in most Internet communities will land you the antagonist's role in a small town theatre production of Lord of the Flies faster than you can say "I ought to be chief because I can sing C sharp."
After reading Anthony's post and comments, it occurred to me that some folks might consider Anthony's 2014 trip to Michael Mann's presentation bold while others probably considered it a form of trolling. It's widely known that Anthony disagrees with Mann and his attendance served no other purpose than to stir the globally warmed pot of job-producing, economy-driving, planet-killing CO2.
There are trolls that are unfunny and just plain boring. Most "truther" type trolls fall into this category. They're so trollee they don't even know they're trollee. To them I say, Beat it trollee buddy. But as long as it's funny and not too degrading or personal, I say keep on trollin'..