Although this is about a specific situation (trans activists’ fight against the use of slurs), it applies to lots of stuff. The author laws out three things that “trolls” (under the definition being used here) tend to do:
1. Portraying their target as a monolithic entity
2. Assuming their target is only capable of dealing with one topic
3. Deflecting from their own behaviors, beliefs, and priorities
I consider all of these things to be red flags: signs that a productive, good-faith conversation is not going to happen.