along with those couple extra thingies you say you are implementing on MN this afternoon, any way of putting a 'troll alert' oojamewhatsit around certain threads once it is obvious what they are, so people know to ignore and so 'send troll to coventry'.
just a thought is all seeing as we seem to be on a troll-attracting-week right now.
I like the notion that this is something that we could just slip in this afternoon!
We will have a think about this, but it's a bit more complicated than it might appear. For one thing, one person's troll is another person's whatever-the-opposite-is. Or perhaps not the opposite, but different people do draw the line of what is trolling and what isn't in different places. From there it's a slippery slope to user ratings, post rankings, karma points and so on.
For now the Report this post is really the only viable option, but we are open to further suggestions.