How to spot a "concern-troll"Submitted by Jive Dadson on Thu, 02/23/2012 - 17:51
A "concern-troll" usually has been a member for a few hours to a few weeks. He does not come to the forums introducing himself deferentially as a sincere person would. His very first post begins with a declaration of his devotion to Ron Paul. (Who doubted it?) But there is just this one thing that is concerning him... [insert slander, diversion, or divisive issue here]. Sometimes the concern-troll has been a member for four years, but inactive since he trolled during the 2008 campaign.
I am reminded of "tells from actors" at the poker table. Inexperienced players come up with what they think are ingenious mannerisms to throw off the opponents. Very original. So they think. But experienced players have seen those affectations a thousand times. They are not fooled for an instant. Do not be fooled by the "concern-troll" either. They think they are being clever, but they are really very transparent.
What to do if you see a concern-troll? Do not waste time with him. Down-vote the thread and leave it without commenting. Report it in the Mod Box if you like. Do some campaigning, perhaps through the Phone-From-Home program.