How do you know when someone is a heckler?
How do you know when someone is a troll?
I see a troll as a heckler with stamina. They are not interested in a discussion but in throwing up roadblocks on things they did not start and they are like Energizer Bunnies.
The example I have often thought of is religious people going to an atheist gathering to heckler their disbelief or atheists going to a place of worship to heckle belief. It is rude and wasting other people’s time and money but they often feel virtuous as they trash others.
At Ratburger, I don’t care if people have some back and forth. I cannot expect people to not go somewhat negative and ad hominem when they are debating things they care about. The key word is “somewhat”. If it gets more than a little jostling we no longer are dealing with topics but just fighting amongst ourselves. Also it gets humorous (at least for me) to see people tell each other off. Often the insults are not even good insults and show the negativity not in the other as much as in themselves. If you do insult, show some creativity.:-)
I could be wrong but I do expect people to handle some heat without melting around here. Oh, I know this might be novel for some of you but I expect myself to take some heat too. Rules are for the big people.