I have never used a killfile in comp.lang.c. Most of the time,\nI've read, or at least skimmed, every article that appears on my\nserver in this newsgroup, other than obvious spam.\n\nI am now sufficiently sick and tired of the trolls that I'm going\nto start using a killfile (or, more precisely, a score file,\nthe mechanism used by my newsreader of choise). This is not a\n"plonk", in the sense that I don't intend to specifically announce\nwho's being added to my score file (though I might choose to do so\nat times). The initial entries will be those who are, in my opinion,\nobvious trolls.\n\nI am making no commitment of any kind here. The choice of when I\nstart using a score file, whom I add to it, and whether to bypass\nit and read certain articles, or even reply to them, will continue\nto be entirely mine. This is not a game in which the trolls can\nscore points by goading me; it is merely my personal decision about\nhow I'm going to read this newsgroup. And I'm sure I'll see some\nof the trolls' words when others post followups to them.\n\nI don't expect most readers of this newsgroup to be particularly\ninterested in this announcement, and I expect the trolls will,\nas usual, try to make fun of it. So be it.\n\nI make this announcement for two reasons. First, readers should\nbe aware that, if I don't respond to something that seems to call\nfor a response, it may be because I deliberately didn't see it.\nSome of the posters whom I consider to be trolls sometimes post\nactual technical information; I won't be seeing it. Since I happen\nto be among the most prolific posters in this newsgroup, and almost\nall of my postings here are followups, that might be significant.\n\nSecond, I'd like to gently encourage others to do something similar\n(I know a number of people already do). The trolls are, in my\nopinion, doing serious damage to the integrity and usefulness of this\nnewsgroup. The more the trolls are silently ignored, the better off\nwe'll be. I claim no leadership role here; this is just my advice,\nwhich anyone is free to ignore. I recognize that getting everyone\nhere to agree on any course of action is virtually impossible.\n\nI don't particularly want this to spawn a long discussion thread.\nI'd much rather discuss C.