We all know they're out there. And some of us get blindsided by them now & them. But if you look closely, they aren't all the same. By my account, there are roughly three types.
Enters or starts a conversation and proceeds to spew profanity and immaturity at other bloggers. Knobbins generally get lost in the flurry of their comments or (fan)posts. But it’s fun. It is soon evident as to whether he will turn the corner and morph into a Grippin’ or revert back to his human self and join the blog.
A Grippin’ isn’t going to join but will disappear and reappear at random. His posting will become more vituperous and generally will face warnings and/or bans. But as the transmogrification passes the point of no return, a Grippin’ ceases to be human. He likes the hate. It feels good. And it’s not going to stop. As the metamorphosis continues, he begins to type with one hand. This is the turning point.
No longer resembling anything human the troll has a firm grip in one hand and can type very quickly with the other. Using multiple screen names to skirt being indentified, there is no hope. Internet hate rules his life. Stopping only to clean off his keyboard, a troll dedicates his internet time only to spewing vile.
So if you spot a Knobbin' do your best to stall or thwart the changeling. Be a good Samaritan. He's still human and can be saved. He might even turn into a good conversationalist. I would suggest ignoring a Grippin'. Lack of response shall only slow the inevitable. And if he can't get his grip here, there's a good chance he'll go away and not come back. The Troll? I can only suggest leaving your keyboard and washing your hands. He's only going to soil you.