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Trolling can constitute any one or more of the following behaviours:

  • monopolizing discussions;
  • repeatedly talking more than the other side despite saying nothing coherent:
  • responding to reasonable requests and questions with off-topic or potentially offensive rhetoric;
  • posting outrageous comments to bait people; or
  • employing redundant arguments intended to occupy and waste the time, efforts, or energies of other users or to distract them from productive editing and making mainspace article contributions.

Many trolls are attention seekers, or they just enjoy annoying people. Some however, have a direct purpose or agenda -- to destroy the Conservapedia project and limit its ability to build an internet community. They do so by inconveniencing and harassing users. Trolling is a blockable offense. However, blocking the troll does not always solve the problem; determined trolls can continue their activity through blocking appeals and sockpuppetry. Some trolls have been known to persist for several years.

Dealing with longterm abusive editors can be problematic. Blocking them does not make them go away; they can return angrier and more determined to attack and harass a specific user, or article pages.

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