I am glad that you picked up on the reason behind what I posted, the "Recon
Troll" was not an accidental reference.
I, like you, suspect he is here to ruin the enjoyment most people get from
this forum. A lot of his posts should be in alt.home.repair (floor finishes,
crown moulding etc), a number of them are inane, the tool purchase posts
reflect a full workshop has been purchased but, other then claiming to have
made some workshop cupboards his output has come mainly from his keyboard -
a "legend in his own mind", so to speak.
If you look at his responses to challenges, he will bait, inflame, ignore -
anything other than to answer the actual question. He will introduce a
strawman argument and generally use all the tools of the troll whilst being
careful not to be overtly hostile. He will NOT engage in reasoned discussion
to explain his behaviour, his recent response to Silvan is just one example
of this, his response to Tom in this thread is another, attempting to use
humour to avoid answering the question. With the regulars, he has attacked
each one at some stage or another - Charlie, Keith, Tom, Larry and a host of
other highly valued posters. This appears to be a deliberate ploy to upset
the 'balance' of the newsgroup, and it's working. When he first came in the
group in 1 year ago, he complained bitterly at how people treated him
because of his posts. Funnily enough though, he is the first to pounce on a
newbie and tell them to 'go google', or to deride them in some way. The only
effect of this is to make the newbie want to leave - why else would he do
Note that after having argued with one of the regulars he will fairly
quickly respond with some sycophantic inanity in an attempt to maintain his
audience. He is 'fishing' with them, this drains the pleasure people
generally derive from the group and some leave. Although Larry quickly
identified him as a troll, I think Larry erred by assuming immediate
plonking was the answer, not everyone will, and therefore his posts continue
to surface. The way to get rid of him is for members of the group to become
aware of what he is up to, then ignore him or stick to just the WWing side
of the posts he makes and ignore the deliberate flames he attaches as bait.
Now, Tail Gunner may be just some dumb ass somewhere who is too emotionally
immature to accept that people don't like him because of his online
demeanor, that's possible, even likely perhaps. But from our point of view,
as lurkers and contributors to this forum, it really doesn't matter, because
the ultimate effect is the same.
Dave, I know you're reading this, I invite you to jump in and engage in
reasoned debate on the matter.