Perl is from the days of usenet. I have no experience of usenet, but I understand that the troll phenomenon originated there.
I don't know whether the advice "Don't feed the trolls" is the best one or not. But I find the _repeated_ occurrence of replying to these trolls threads on reddit or HN amusing.
If a person get's into a fight with a drunk, it's amusing to watch it.
But sometimes it just feels awkward to watch even perl elders like chromatic, in the fight. A drunk is not going to be the epitome of rationality, so why _even_ bother ? These people are just simpletons, madly in love with mercury(an unusual language I might say!) or just a had a shitty day.
I think some one has to say it.