Skimming the boards this morning, I am struck by the sheer persistence and increasing number of trolls. It's virtually not worth reading anymore because of the hard right, sometimes far right, climate change denying, anti science, BBC hating, brexit cheerleading, holocaust denying, Fox news quoting, Trump supporting, anti vax, creationist, homphobic, transphobic, xenophobic, mysogynistic a$$hats spraying their bile everywhere. Now, these people are either trolling or insane. But how many are there? How many to ruin a message board? I strongly suspect many of the most extreme posters on here are sockpuppets but I can't demonstrate that to get them banned. I get that 'don't feed the troll' is a good idea, but it leaves the voices of the stupid and politically deranged unopposed. We should stand up for reality. IMHO the problem with the internet is that there really is no filter, and as a result extreme and dangerous ideas are allowed to flourish. This could be our version of the lead in the water pipes that did for the Romans. They made horses senators, we have genuine (apparently) debates about the shape of the Earth. I'm with Douglas Adams, maybe coming down from the trees was our first mistake.