Mostly I seem to see the advice - both on blogs and in other contexts - that when you have a comment that seems like trollery, you should just delete it. Normally this seems to me like solid advice, but when said troll acts like they are being wronged in some way it seems unfair to deny them the means to engage in conversation about that.
I've had a few of these, the first was on a post on an interesting shift in the Israeli government's international relations straegy.
I had one comment claiming that what I had written was anti-semitic. There I did what I would prefer to do and engaged with the troll by posting an addendum to, I would hope, refute the notion that I was prejudiced.
But just recently I had a comment that implied I had stolen someone's idea, after a little half-bummed detective work I found that he had blogged a very similar jokey post(although I think he may have done so after me so no worries ;) ). By this point I'd already deleted his comment, though this was because I had assumed at the time it was a confused spambot. This has made me feel very guilty, I don't have much in the way of ethics, but denying someone a voice for their objections to something has never felt right with me.
So, embracing the flame, I sent him an email assuring him that while he is (rewording a bit)"a special one-of-a-kind snowflake, a unique wit for the ages, sometimes people just make similar lame jokes - when Bin Laden died, how many thousands of people tweeted variations on 'Osama shouldn’t have entered his real address for his Playstation Network account'?"
I'm sure this childish action of mine will result in endless internets-drama be it in email or w/e so should I just have deleted and ignored it? what do you do in similar situations? There has to be a way to stop trolls from derailing more useful conversation without feeling like you're stifling dissent.
The blog I need help with is luridtalesofdoom.wordpress.com.