> Ad hominem troll
> Ad hominem troll at its simplest, will attack people personally,
> rather than the merits of their statements or methodologies.
> The ad hominem troll often has already lost a rational argument
> about a topic, and thus its goal is to change the argument from
> being about a topic, to being about the people opposed to the
> troll (which could mean any/all rational person(s) in the
> discussion), in the hopes of both discrediting people's ideas
> indirectly by discrediting the people, and engendering an
> emotional reaction from the people by attacking their egos /
> self-image. The "getting a reaction out of" goal is common to
> most troll types.
> The simple ad hominem troll is easily detected and dealt with by
> calling them on their ad hominem attacks.
> However, often ad hominem troll will start its discourse with
> seemingly reasonable commentary, perhaps an analogy etc. Using
> rational tone, they may lull you into thinking that they are
> rational in general and thus their entire message should be
> considered rational. Once they have established such an
> impression, then they will then descend into personal attacks
> which may even sound reasonably worded, until you recognize them
> for what they are, nothing more than personal attacks.
> Example: thacker. thacker starts by ignoring the previous comment
> (which itself was a rational challenge to thacker's earlier
> statements), repeating himself (see the section below on
> Repeating themselves), then moves onto an analogy. Afterwards he
> continues with personal attacks, starting subtly worded, then
> increasingly harsh:
> * "some here, yourself included, will not see nor understand
> the parallels"
> * "Your noses are simply buried too deeply into the
> proverbial bark."
> * "Or you lack the courage, will, ability to step away and
> ask the truly difficult questions. That is a shame."