Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
A heckler can shout down a speaker, preventing the audience from hearing the message. This activity is known as a ‘heckler’s veto.’ The heckler is abridging the freedom of speech rights of the speaker and audience while asserting his own freedom of speech right.
A troll can shout down a poster by thread-jacking or multiple inflammatory posts, thus preventing the audience from reading the message. This activity shall henceforth be known as a ‘Troll Veto.’ The troll is interfering with the free exchange of ideas between the poster and readers while hiding behind the rules of etiquette for polite society which the troll refuses to follow himself.
Unbounded liberty without order is anarchy. The first requirement of ordered liberty is order. In both examples, a balance of the rights justifies removing the heckler/troll.
Drop the ban hammer.
I’m loathe to do arbritrailty what the group is perfectly good at doing organically.
But thread–jacking is wearing out its dubious welcome.