Trolls Can Remain Anonymous: It's the Law!
A California court has found that trolls are protected by the first amendment and are entitled to anonymity. The ruling comes despite previous cases where trolls have been arrested (be it once they have been disclosed) and hearings in other courts.
The court reversed a previous decision that would have allowed Lisa Krinsky, COO of a Florida based drug service SFBC, to subpoena 10 anonymous Yahoo message board trolls, according to Ars Technica.
The 10 trolls posted on Yahoo message boards in 2005 with “scathing verbal attacks” including referring to the management team of SFBC as
Also, whilst anonymity may well be protected, a site host is not necessarily obligated to host trolling comments: that's basically a "yelling 'fire' in a crowded theater" situation. My advice to those who post comments for the sole purpose of stirring things up: host yer own site, then nobody can ban you.
Ah, but how to monetize trolling... whoever figures that out will retire on a very, very tropical island.