Yes, friends, I am a “sleeper troll” according to FreeRepublic.com who has banned me from replying to articles there.
A troll is some posts a message for the purpose of starting an argument that is irrelevant, but long and persistent. In my case, I tried to refute some of their silliness, by pretending to be one of them while asking probing questions or presenting refuting evidence.
I am guilty of being a “sleeper” but I will not agree to the “troll” part. My motivation was not to start an argument, it was to correct misinformation.
Whatever their reasons, I am banned (not that bans are ever really effective, but I will respect their wishes and not post there). If they want to have misinformation on their site, with many like-minded people sharing a false sense of reality, that is their right.
Looks like folks just aren’t welcome sometimes. See here for another experience.