I fully understand what you are saying, however there are still limits, I think. Look at this thread, and the other ones he has participated in - he does nothing for himself, and continually asks inane questions. It should not take 20 posts to explain the largest number problem.
I could argue, the fact that we are having this conversation, is playing into the troll's hand - he is happy because he is still sucking us in. The fact that the OP has a reasonable number of posts, is meaningless - it could mean that he has sucked everyone in very well.
|I am currently in a spot very similar to where the OP is|
Now your situation is very different. You don't ask inane questions, and I can tell that you have thought about the feedback people have offered. You do things to help yourself.
Here's another example (probably more of what a troll wants)
I do Ballroom Dancing, and very occasionally we get a new student that will never ever be able to dance even the most basic thing. The reason might be they cannot stand with their weight on one foot, which is really a mandatory requirement :D. So there I am, on the floor holding this persons foot, guiding it for them. They ask questions, we reply, but they just can't physically do it. We have to be careful that we are always nice & polite.
Now there are 3 things that could happen:
1. The person doesn't come back for the next class. They realise it's not for them.
2. They come back, and eventually learn to stand on one foot, this solves the bulk of their problems and they go on to achieve quite a lot.
3. They keep coming back for months, just to annoy everyone, they don't try, they don't practice, they ask stupid questions over & over. They do it to see what sort of reaction & comments people give - the more outrageous the better!! These are the actions of a troll.
So which of these scenarios is going on in this forum with the OP?
Again, if the OP is not a troll, lets see some evidence to show that is not the case.
I am not going to waste any more time on this, others can make their own decisions.