54. Why isn't one supposed to feed "trolls"? What is a "troll," anyway?
Troll-feeding is defined as any response to a mean, nasty, or factually deficient post written by a author, usually anonymous, whose sole purpose is to provoke a reaction on the part of forum readers. This is a fair definition, by extension, of trolling itself.
While trolls can and do post on nearly any topic, they almost always do so by posting inflammatory, derogatory, or patently boneheaded statements designed to offend, anger, or otherwise elicit a reaction from the majority of the participants on a given board. Since ours is a Mac-centric forum, the majority of troll activity here, or "trolling," is anti-Mac, although a fair amount in the past has come in the form of religious and political grandstanding.
Trolls apparently suffer greatly from attention deficit syndrome, and use their time on the various boards that they infest in an attempt to garner as much notice as they can. The quality therein, negative or positive, matters not. For them, there is no bad attention.
cf. "flaming" + "flamer" + "flame-baiting" + "flame war"