So a couple of regular supporting commenters have said they will abandon AFTIC unless I do something about a couple of regular antagonistic commenters. It is a difficult question for me as I do appreciate having help answering the various misinformation that is bandied about here. I really don’t have the time myself.
But I have a hard time with the idea of banning anyone for their content rather than for habitual profanity or abusive behavior, even though I agree people like crakar and snowman offer only information pollution.
My advice for dealing with this style of contrainism is mostly not responding more than once, and when responding doing so in a very brief, calm and rational.manor. The tactics they are using, which they have both clearly admitted are PR tactics, not scientific, only work when they provoke hostility. They will almost always have the last word, but if they only get one or two responses, they will not have the dozens of comments each on multiple threads the currently do.
But that’s me and I understand everyone has different motives and approaches. I would like knowledgeable people to be comfortable reading and commenting.
One thing that comes to mind is simply insisting on on topic comments and providing more open threads. I am also open to the suppresion of mindless repetition of already addressed attacks.
I am open to suggestions.