However, they can be very off-putting to many people, especially new members to our community.
Well, locking threads works as well. It's been long since pyalot's "Impulse DRM" thread could produce anything constructive that hasn't been hashed and re-hashed and that one can easily be locked.
The ban stick isn't the only measure of troll control
Of course it's obvious that he'd use the thread lock to support his "See I said Stardock was evil!" stance...