We are all familiar with the resident troll's MO, but why is it what it is? What pathetic circumstances would make someone spend most of their lives on ET, hijacking threads, defending pedophilia, displaying their hypocrisy and obfuscation on a daily basis, initiating flame wars, and then whining to the powers-that-be for protection when their disgusting practices are pointed out by other members? Is it: 1) An addiction to alcohol? 2) A nasty divorce? 3) A lack of a sexual partner (the unpaid kind)? 4) A disturbing affinity for children? 5) Complete lack of social prowess that makes it unable to function outside of its squalid abode? 6) A reclusive existence (closely tied to # 5)? 7) A combination of all the above? I have probably missed certain characteristics, so please feel free to share. There are numerous trollologists present who, I am sure, will be able to add data gleaned from years of observation and interaction with the sad creature in its habitat.