This update has been in the pipe for a while.
ODN has, in the past, had occasional posters who have come to antagonize conflict rather than engage in debate. That clearly isn't in line with why we come to ODN. As such we've updated the trolling section of the rules to read:
"Trolling - Posting an offensive or contentious message with the intent of provoking flames or causing annoyance to the community is considered trolling. An example would be the repeated and unnecessary denigration of another group of members (e.g. theists/liberals) in your posts, with the aim of upsetting or antagonizing them. Another example would be posts explicitly intended to mock, denigrate, or otherwise belittle a given position without offering an appropriate opposing position. Posts or threads that have no obvious purpose except to denigrate others or their beliefs, or to encourage others to do so, will be considered trolling and punished appropriately as such.
This includes being disrespectful of members by way of the rep system, pm's, shoutbox or even posts, about threads that another member has not responded to. If a member wants another member to address a thread or specific post in a thread, then a respectful pm ought to be sent to that member asking if they will. They are not required to do so by any means, and any attacks on them because they haven't, is considered trolling.
Trolls will be punished severely."
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Or feel free to start a thread in the "Ask the Staff" Forum.