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Re: Real Cruisers verse Internet Arguers
I sat on a jury once and we deliberated all bloody day long. Locked 11 to 1 in favor of guilty. The one holdout juror put us through every single nuance of the trial, even asked for testimony to be read back. Which, btw, is not done like you see in the movies. If you want it read back, you have to hear it all, not just the one sentence. We were recovering the same ground, no one was getting anywhere.
Finally, I say to the juror sitting next to me, let's just stop replying to the holdout juror. Sure enough, that juror repeats one of their questions or re-states one of their opinions and everyone just stares and does not engage. Room is silent for a few exaggerated minutes. The holdout tries to provoke their point one more time, with no reply. Again, these are the same points, the same questions. After another few minutes, they finally volunteer that they supported the guilty verdict. It was all about attention.
Stop responding to the troll and you'll see it here too. If an epic thread goes dormant for a day or two, a nugget is thrown out to re-ignite it. Once you reply, they have all they want.
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