Instead of dealing Greg/Dorje's hypothetical example, here is my real example, which actually was ontopic to the forum in general and particular "Advocacy and Safety" subforum. The context was that someone who is at the very least very car-lite was venting that a pickup(probably pretty large, this is the USA) raced ahead of him while he was on his bicycle to make an unsafe left turn and he created a thread to vent. Now he had alot of so called cyclists who posted wanting to transform the thread into canards of "good cyclcists and good motorists versus bad cyclists and bad motorists," and allege that was just a bad motorist(when it is innate to driving instead). Eventually I wrote this reply to defend the person trying to air his gripes against the Sunday cyclists after he in a response to mine stated that society worships the car and that roads are their temples:
Thrasymachus wrote:It is not worship, it is apartheid. Let us see how worshiped the automobile will be if you can opt out of the highway portion of taxes, the funding for foreign wars of aggression, the estimated cost to medicare and medicaid for all the unhealthy sedentary people, etc. That is let us see if to register and operate a motor vehicle you would have to pay the actual cost to society of your driving instead of being treated as a pampered welfare queen who never has to leave the dole(as American conservatives and Republicans would complain if they were not morally bankrupt hypocrites). Let us see how they feel if we actually legally and through infrastructure planning empower pedestrians, cyclists and users of public transit over and against the most wasteful, deadly private automobile.
It is not good cyclist and good motorists, versus bad cyclists and bad motorists. That is a fantasy of members of a society who want to engage in so much escapism most upper end motor vehicles tend to have several LCDs or LEDs installed so they can watch television or other media!
Now one of the corrupt mods wrote a reply that, that post belonged in the Politics and Religion subforum, and not Advocacy and Safety. But I was not talking about off-topic politics, but the politics behind why cycling is onerous in the USA, thus actually advocating real cycling interests(interests that they are not interested in because they cannot market their forum to people who cycle to get to places needed to in their lives, because statistically, almost no-one in the English speaking world cycles for those reasons). Now I complained about that in the thread in a post which was eventually deleted and warned for talking back or replying to a mod dictate, which according to the forum rules they wrote themselves cannot be contested. Later shortly after complaining about the structure of the forum and the greedy owner to another user, I was banned. It would not surprise me if they read PMs of users there, they have lots of custom code.
Now in that case, I was on-topic, yes very unpopular and confrontational to the many selfish types who will say decry welfare for the actual poor but not the massive funding of automobile infrastructure for those privileged enough financially to drive. However that forum sells lots of adspace and lots of paid memberships. Catering to idiot chit-chatters with lots of money who want to ignore reality is in their self-interest. I doubt any forum that accepts public donations or sells memberships with perks, like there, will actually side in favor of who is right even according to their stated rules(which of course are broken by staff always at will on every forum) over anyone who pays them well but acts atrociously according even to their stated rules.
That is not a perfect example of trolling. Trolling is more pretending that the crux in regards to forums and thus their analysis is a battle between anonymous trolls and heroic, white-knight moderators and staff. Almost every forum I have been on, I have felt I have been trolled by the staff and moderators. It is like saying you know why the world is bad, because of the average person who exists as a hapless consumer and producer of goods and services and their lack of responsibility, but they are those who have no power. Of course they don't even use the power they have and don't care and that is a large part of why the world is bad. However it is more because of people of the people that have the power to structure to society, decided to make it bad for everyone else so they can accumulate as much as possible from imperialism, exploitation, and primitive accumulation. It is the same with forums, you have to analyze who has the most power, the most, and not those who have the least: users who are alleged trolls.