In its quest to ban free speech, this NYTimes article can't even get the definition of the word "troll" right. Here's the correct definition:
"somebody who tries to provoke an emotional reaction"The way to stop trolls is to grow up and stop giving them that emotional reaction. That's going to be difficult, because we have a nation of whiners and babies who don't want to grow up, who instead want the nanny-state to stop mean people from saying mean things. This leads to a police-state, where the powerful exploit anti-trolling laws to crack down on free-speech.
That NYTimes article claims that trolling leads to incivility. The opposite is true. Incivility doesn't come from me calling you a jerk. Instead, incivility comes from your inability to ignore it. It's your emotional response that is the problem, and your desire to sic the police-state on me to make me stop.
Let's work together and make our society more civil, and get people to stop responding to trolls. Let's tell the whining babies to grow the fuck up, and just repeat "sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me".