Originally Posted by RedEye
I definitely hear this concern, and I confess to being one of the attackers (though I mostly try to do it with kid gloves). There are a few recent posters, though, who seem largely impervious to the responses they get from others, and so much so that calling them "trolls" doesn't seem to be a stretch. I wonder whether there is a better way to communicate our displeasure with people beyond blocking them or PM-ing them. Thing is, I am pretty sure this is not a personal issue -- it is a very public one, and it is about wasting public airtime despite countless negative responses from other members of the community. To me, that seems like more than just bad posting -- it seems like deliberate, antisocial behavior.
The other option is the report a post function which unfortunately leads to more work for the moderators. If threads started at 4:30 in the morning to drag up a 4th thread on a topic are flagged early enough maybe they get locked and ignored sooner.