Conspiracy theories and the conspiracy mindset
It seems like more and more often, posters resort to (cling to) claims of conspiracy. This could be about global warming, war, the President enacting a gun ban, 9/11, or even something silly like the sinking of the Titanic.
Is it trolling to resort to conspiracy theory tactics? Clearly, some conspiracies are legitimate. This article explores a bit how to tell the difference. Should we start warning/banning posters who repeatedly post possibilities of a theory as fact? What if they continue to do so after the theory (or aspects of it) are demonstrably shown to be false? Or, should we accept this as a legitimate debate tactic since we are indeed choosing to spend time on TP and could always just browse other areas of SD?