I was actually wondering what had happened to eric c, I'd noticed that in recent months he was saying some fairly odd things compared to his old self, so odd I was actually unable to follow any reason or logic in his comments at times, then I read recently that he'd been laid up with an injury and it all made sense, I know the feeling. I had suspected something had changed but I wasn't able to figure out what it was, but a serious injury explained it.
Personally I've always liked his old self here, hassling people for obsessing about gear rather than going out and doing stuff, I was wondering where that person had gone, apparently injuries frustrate him as much as anyone else. Maybe a gadfly is more accurate.
A troll is not at all someone like eric, it's someone who posts nonsense just to start arguments, to me there's more than a little truth of what eric c used consistently say about the attitude here, enough that it bugged people I think because it wasn't that inaccurate. He's corrected me a few times too when I said something that wasn't accurate, and trolls don't generally do that in my experience.
Personally though, I suggest just picking up a book by Muir or Edward Abbey or someone else who had something or other worth saying if you have enough time to waste on these forums, you'll get a lot more out of the time you spend reading, and there's a big bonus too, no annoying comments to plow through. Not that bpl isn't educational, it is, but there is definitely a mindset here among some members that is worth criticizing.
Or do some stove tests, sew a backpack, whatever. Being injured sucks though, after a while it stops being interesting.
There is a guy who posts in chaff on one subject that I consider to be a serious hardcore troll however, he spends his days making up fairy tales then posting them, I have wondered if he's mentally ill to be honest, but decided to just ignore him completely since nothing anyone says will ever shake him from his fantasies. Happily that particular troll keeps his trolling to only one topic, so it's easy to skip it, and I do.