I think when people say don’t feed the trolls they might not think about what those words mean. It’s not like not responding will starve them. Saying don’t poke the bear might make more sense, except the troll is awake and already doing damage. Pretend to be dead, show your throat, maybe that’s what the ancient instinct comes down to, don’t find trouble. But the trouble is already here, trouble gains momentum, trouble gains entitlement when its used to bared throats. Maybe when saying “don’t feed the trolls” think about who exactly you’re asking to be submissive, play dead and show their throat.