Perhaps I am just jaded by seeing so many Dredge type theist clones, Pahu, Randy Ruggles,TheBorg etc etc have the same facts and rational arguments bounce off their armour. Trolls flourish best when given attention.
I like reading people tearing Dredge's bullshit apart. Even though it looks like Dredge is just trolling.
A goodly point - wonder how many lurkers are lurking?
...though some seem to enjoy tilting at your windmills.
Tank made a good point somewhere else that if not for the creationist, then for some indecisive lurker who might be reading. I don't see it as a vain attempt as I don't engage Dredge for Dredge, I couldn't care less if he gets it or not.
It's a double edged sword. Trolls do usually like attention, and they like to make people put in more effort than they do, but then what happens when they go around spouting their bullshit and no one says anything?
Trolling is a sad and pathetic thing, and trolls are pathetic people who also tend to be assholes. One might feel sorry for them if their intentions were more honest. We've heard that trolls thrive on attention, but lies thrive on being left unchallenged.
So address the lies without much regard to the troll, call the troll a troll, and have a useful conversation in spite of the troll. I think that's a better solution.