Why can’t we call out trolls for trolling? I know the answer will be “address the post, not the poster” but that is clearly ineffective advice.
In so many threads, posters will troll threads with “hur hur TDS” “hur hur sheople” “hur hur Trump is cool” among other deflections. A many times, those troll deflections (you have TDS, ur a sheople) ADDRESS THE POSTER breaking the rules. These posters aren’t interested in discussing the thread. They come to threads to derail and deflect away from the topic at hand. And very often, their deflections are veiled personal attacks to skirt the rules. And they’re getting away with it.
We’re not allowed to call them out for trolling, but when those posts are flagged, at worst, they’re deleted and the troll continues to get away with trolling.
I’m proposing that “trolling” be treated the same as personal attacks. Silences, sanctions, time outs, ban, etc. It’s impossible to have discussions when there’s a faction of posters whose only interest is deflection and trolling.
If our only recourse is going to be to flag their posts, and not call them out, then there needs to be teeth behind the flags. Simply deleting the posts, with no follow up when the person keeps doing it (and there are posters here who almost entirely spend their time trolling) isn’t sufficient.
An alternate solution is to quit sanctioning people for calling out trolling. We shouldn’t be punished for publicly calling out someone who has no interest in participating in a discussion of the topic of a thread-
Again, the problem is that trolls just keep on trolling, and there are no consequences to that poster beyond the deletion of their post.