Apparently, keeping the politics forum free of trolls is hindered by the difficulty the moderation team faces in divining trollish posts from those posts have at least some legitimacy. Making the "troll determination" is obviously more problematic when a post that clearly has trollish aspects also contains some arguably legitimate component. For example, if I post, "The new employment numbers are out today, and unemployment is rising. Guess that Muslim ain't bringing the CHANGE, after all! I'm sure the lefties will find some way to keep justifying socialism, but it's obvious that electing a president just 'cause he's black is a failed experiment. Blacks don't yet have what it takes, apparently, if they ever will. But keep the faith, libtards! lololololol" Is that trolling? I can say that I raised a legitimate issue for discussion: new unemployment numbers. And I expressed opinion related to that issue. How then is that trolling, I might ask? But, come on. My post fits the definition of trolling to a "t". And yet, posts like that show up all the time around here. Sometimes people are more subtle. A person might for instance, regularly post with regards to financial issues affecting Europe and North America, or the Global Economy. His posts might maintain average or above average levels of grammar, syntax, and punctuation. He may exhibit significant knowledge with regards to, say, macroeconomics or the major securities markets. All of which gives his posts the veneer of legitimacy. But such a poster may also pepper his posts with snide, politically partisan jibes. He may repetitively invoke hot-button words, code words, or pet insults, inserting such into the body of a post that might otherwise have exhibited some legitimacy. Or he might append a provocative insult at the end of a semi-articulate argument. Overall, he maintains a certain balance between the "legitimate" aspects of his posting and the "trolling" that accompanies same. As such, he escapes the label of "troll", because of the apparent fact that "it's difficult for the mods to determine" when the content of a post amounts to trolling. Call him what you want: troll, quasi-troll, partisan plant, renegade political forum member, etc. The result is the same. We all know who the trolls are. It's like some sort of open secret that apparently, via the "moderation philosophy" of this site, continues to go on and on. Quasi-troll(s), you're not fooling anyone. You amount to digital noise that makes life less fulfilling, less pleasant, less efficacious for everyone. That 's your contribution. Thanks so much.