Hi All - The admins wanted to provide you an update on what has become an unfortunately persistent issue here on the forum - the Internet Troll.
If you aren't familiar with the term, Wikipedia defines them as:
"In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory,extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion."
You can read more about them in this article at The Huffington Post.
We've had at least one here on the forum, who has been banned several times but keeps coming back under a different name. The individual in question is persistent and comes back using methods to mask his identity, which unfortunately makes it harder to identify him until he makes an inappropriate posting. As much I would love to say we admins can completely prevent this kind of behavior, we can't. We are definitely on the lookout for it, including reviewing each new member for red flags. We will not tolerate the behavior and are banning a user as soon as we see signs of trolling.
We apologize to our members for the aggravation these individuals may cause. To help yourself and our forum, we ask that you do two things: - When you see the signs of a troll, report the behavior to the admins (use the "Report Post" option under the little gear icon) - Don't respond. Trolls feed off the attention, so don't give it to them. Just report it and ignore it.
Thank you for your continued support of our forum!