Take a look at this post: https://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=11620351&cid=55949549
Is that really a troll? Now take a look at this: https://goo.gl/nH76tv
Slashdot has a trolling problem. The moderation system is broken... Maybe not enough people are meta moderating. Maybe it just needs tweaking.
I listed to an interview with CmdrTaco recently where he was talking about the early days of Slashdot. Back then they would manually ban people who moderated badly, and then later introduced metamoderation to do it. So in theory if we meta moderate hard enough it might fix it, but of course there is nothing to stop trolls meta moderating either.
As an aside, I never ever get mod points. Maybe because my karma takes a hit from all the troll mods.
Edit: This statement from an AC sums up the problem:
And you have the gall to say that you care about conservatives when they get silenced? And you don't think you saying this isn't flamebait-y or troll like?
For some people, contradicting their preconceptions is trolling. This AC is telling me what I think, and when I disagree it's flamebait.
And sadly, this AC isn't the first to admit thinking this.