It's really simple to ignore a troll. Just create a filter in your
email client and forgot about the whole thing. I just created a gmail
filter that discarded every message that contained the word "Illias".

Troll forgotten.

-- Wes

On 4/23/05, Phil Tomson <ptkwt / aracnet.com> wrote:
> Given a troll's visit to the newsgroup (word on the street is that it's
> happened recently:), there are two opinions on dealing with said troll:
> 
> 1) Ignore the troll (I tend to come down on this side)
> 
> 2) Answer the troll so as to demolish his arguments.
> 
> It's intersting that this debate goes back some 3000 years.  Substitute
> 'fool' for 'troll' and you find this in the book of Proverbs (a Hebrew
> book of Wisdom):
> 
> "Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Lest you be like him"
> (26:4)
> 
> (Or, the modern paraphrase: "Don't wrestle a pig: All you get is muddy
> and the pig has way too much fun.")
> 
> However the next verse seems to indicate that the author is having an
> internal debate about the issue:
> 
> "Answer a fool as his folly deserves, Lest he be wise in his own eyes"
> (26:5).
> 
> A contradiction?  Some would say so.  I tend to look at it more as an
> internal debate - sort of like Hamlet's "To be or not to be" soliloquy.
> 
> So it would seem to be an age-old connundrum.  Be wise.
> 
> Phil
> 
>