We had some visitors from Canis Hoopus (the SBNation blog for the Minnesota Timberwolves) visit the recap of last night's game, and there were a number of people who felt that they were trolling. I completely understand that reaction. But I want to explain my point of view, so we can respond to these situations with the same reaction, site-wide.
The way I reach out to other blogs (via the Fraternizing with the Enemy posts, etc) makes the members of the other blogs feel more "at home" at PtR than would normally be the case, and because of that they often post things that could seem to be trollish, but I see as simply a response to my attempts to generate cross-talk between the blogs, which is something I want PtR to encourage. So, in this context, they're not anticipating being called out as trolls. That's not because they're clueless, but because they feel invited.
This is a duck, but it is NOT a troll.
This means that some of your troll-meters might occasionally register a false positive. Please do what you can to ignore that while it automatically re-calibrates during the course of this season. Bottom line, if I'm in a thread, and I'm not calling out someone (or banning them) for their behavior, feel free to question me about it, but please don't call them out yourself.
If I'm not in a thread, then please approach visitors from other blogs with the assumption that they AREN'T a troll. Believe me, I have no problem banning trolls. I've dumped plenty. But I don't consider any of the guys who visited last night (or this morning) to be trolls. They were just a bit more comfortable here than we might be used to. To me, that's a good thing, and something that can be adjusted to.
Please keep in mind that trolls will ALWAYS instigate. They can't help it. That's all they know how to do. If left alone, many will go away. The rest simply beg to be banned. Continually. And so we grant them their wish. I'd much prefer that £ers in general be ready to either ignore them (there's a reason that "Don't feed the troll" is a cliché) or try to include them -- and let visitors sort themselves out on their own. If we react as though they're NOT trolls, some of them will stop trolling just because they see how cool we are about it. --- Don't laugh. I've seen it happen. (I started out as a moderator on this site before I took over, in case you didn't know.) So, I may have gone a bit long, but I feel strongly about this (insert gif of man beating horse, or your favorite Teal Dear image) and want to be sure you guys understand my stance.