Phillip Coons poses the question,

Why do people enable comments on their blogs if they label anyone who comments (with an opposing viewpoint) a troll???


Personally, I reserve the term for people who post idiotic, inflammatory comments without any substance for the purpose of inciting flame wars. So far, I have been fortunate to have very few of these.

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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. That’s the stoopidist thing I’ve ever seen you write. What are you, gay? Or just retarded?

    (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)