Another way to get help in determining if a person is a troll is by looking at consensus. If a large number of people have an opinion, that's quite telling - especially in a subjective matter such as in this "Is He A Troll" matter.
If people think you're an idiot, you're an idiot. If people think you're a troll, you're a troll. The troll is likely to argue back with something like "if enough people thought the world was flat, it still wouldn't become flat" which is quite true - but that's not a subjective thing. The world has a spherical form whether you think so or not. But being an idiot or being a troll is based on how you act and how people describe your actions. It is possible that your actions are misinterpreted by a large amount or even the majority of people. It is, however, unlikely and should in such cases promptly change your behavior if you think the perception of your actions doesn't match your intentions.
The rulesSo, how does the Relational Troll Scoring work? Well, it's pretty easy. If person A thinks person B is a troll, then a trollscore is assigned from A to B which is one tenth of the scoring ability that A has. Everyone starts out with a scoring ability of 10, which can be likened with credibility. As long as A have a scoring ability of 10, all his claims have the strength of 1. But when someone calls A a troll, his scoring ability i lowered.
So, in the above example, both A and B start out with 0 in trollscore and 10 in scoring ability. Then A calls B a troll and suddenly B has a trollscore of 1 and a scoring ability of 9.
So, why don't B just call A a troll back and they're even, you might ask? Well, that's the thing with the Relational Troll Scoring - it doesn't work with two people, and a troll isn't someone having an argument with just one person. The Relational Troll Scoring only becomes interesting and functional when you have a cluster of people calling B a troll, where whether B calls them a troll back won't increase their trollscore since B has lost his scoring ability so he can't "pay back".
Because, when B's scoring ability has reached 0 (i.e. 10 people with the scoring ability of 10 has called him a troll) he loses his ability to call anyone a troll and all previous claims are removed.
Once per personNote that multiple claims from A to B doesn't count several times. All claims from A to B are lumped together as one claim. You can't pad the score by repeatedly calling someone a troll. Obviously, creating sock puppets to do your name calling won't work either.
Self-admitted trollsObviously, someone that openly admits that he is trolling the group loses any ability to assign trollscores to others, and instantly gains 10 trollscores themselves.
Quote-scavangingIt's easy to claim that this quote list is a form of "quote-scavanging" as per the Objective Troll Criteria if it weren't for the fact that the Relational Troll Scoring exists only because Michael explicitly requested that he wanted the claim that he was the most hated and most killfiled person in the history of csma substantiated:
please support your claims of who does and does not have any network of people calling whoever names...Snit
He even said please, how could I refuse? :)
Plus, most of the quote scavanging was made by CSMA_Moderator. Most of the rest of the quotes are added as they appear.