Lately there has been some consternation expressed about trolling of various sorts on BMG. Some users here post Fehrnstrom-esque talking points in order to provoke a response; others, known as “concern trolls,” express faux concern about the campaign of a candidate for whom they feign support.
The thing to realize about these folks is that they crave attention. When you respond to them, you are giving them exactly what they want, and that encourages them to keep doing it. So the solution is a simple one: don’t respond. Nothing irritates a troll more than being ignored. If you don’t rise to the bait, the troll will eventually slink back under its bridge, where it belongs. :-)
And just to be clear: thoughtful conservatives are, and always have been, welcome at BMG. They make this site a better and more interesting place. This post is not about them. This post is about the folks who … well, you know exactly who I mean.
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