PRIUSchatters, we can do a whole lot better in dealing effectively with trolls and other malicious posters whose purpose is to get us all riled up... which they too often do. The most effective response is quiet, reasoned, and factually correct. An effective way to do this is to identify the underlying vulnerability of the posters unsupported rantings which are typically based purely on fallicies; statements which are logically unsupportable. Check this out: Fallacies The examples of the many common fallacies clearly show how typical rants arising from anger or ignorance are riddled with self-defeating, easily identified and exposed fallacies. These can be exploited. When the common fallacy that is used as support for the ranting poster's statements is correctly identified, that statement is by definition unsupported and it is invalid. It can be challenged or even dismissed as such, and it does not require a direct response. Two examples: "Everybody knows that the Prius battery will burn out in 100k miles." Response: "Everybody knows no such thing. Your claim is based on the common Fallacy: Appeal to Belief, If you want to have a serious discussion, you need to provide real, verifiable documentary support for your claimed battery life; sites, cites, articles, pictures, etc." "Well, of course you brain washed, liberal, tree hugging Prius scum believe that." Response: "This is just the tired, old Ad Hominem Attack Fallacy ." I expect this type of response will result in either of: * some evidentiary support being provided, in which case the alleged "facts" can be discussed. * the troll cranks up the attack in an effort to make us crazy with anger. In which case no further response is needed... simply another case of 'Ho hum, Don't feed the troll." A caution: there is a hazard here. This tool is a true double-edged sword. Any post in which it is used itself must be carefully checked against the list of fallacies. Otherwise you can look really foolish , dumb , or stupid .