The track record isn't good. Some topics are explosive by nature and this site prides itself on light moderation. There are many strong personalities that wouldn't take well to being "punished". Your best bet may be to follow up in private with people. I've found this to be a great way to establish a more personal connection and even to make friends. Also to figure out who is more interested in just making noise.
Given that creating new email addresses is free and easy, it seems like banning dedicated trolls could be significant work for the moderator(s). Organizations like twitter spend megabucks rooting out bot and troll accounts.
Nwhikers does have the ignore user feature. Since the goal of trolls is attention and controversy....
I'm guilty of responding to posts that IMO contain deceptive or misleading information with a counter point. This tactic doesn't stop the trolls, but I tend to agree with the following
Edmund Burke wrote:
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
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