Last week Brainglutton was warned for accusing another poster of concern trolling -a verifiable behavior and a form of argument- in Elections. Here’s the offending post:
You can see the nested quote boxes here: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showpost.php?p=19055197&postcount=753
Warning issued by tomndebb here: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showpost.php?p=19056770&postcount=766
I assert that it is legitimate to characterize an argument as concern trolling and that doing so fights ignorance. I concede that it is unfortunate that this perfectly workable concept contains the pitworthy word “Troll” inside of it. This is doubly unfortunate as most concern trolls don’t have the goal of getting others excited or inflaming passions. In other words, most concern trolls are not trolls as usually defined.
Now this isn’t a perfect example: I’m not sure the accusation was valid. But say it was. What is the best way to characterize concern trolling in the elections forum?
As an aside, this looks like mod note material to me: I wasn’t aware that characterizing an argument in that fashion was considered an insult (though frankly I did grok that it was borderline). But my main concern (ha!) is to work out the best way of expressing this characterization.