Interesting theory Polly, but I don't think it's Matt."Alan" still hasn't logged back which is giving weight to the troll conspiracy theory.
I'm with Tommy - it's gotta be Matt!
1) He came on very early to warn us away yet he's not a regular poster these days. Hmmm. He'd be well aware that saying "Don't post here!" is a gilt-edge invitation to post ... eg. "Darling don't touch it, it's precious"
2) He pointed to Jay to throw us off the trail. The ex con is always the obvious suspect. Yet he talks in detail about the perpetrator's modus operandi, "Then he came back again several times under his usual identity and none of the hardcores took the bait, seeing as how his routine has become so old and predictable". No one else knew this. Double hmmm.
3) Matt said the troll didn't do a good job. It's an expression of disappointment. The riot didn't eventuate. Matt's a perfectionist so this would have hurt.
# Conspiracy theory #3
For the record I'll state here and now that I'm really tired of Matt throwing accusations at me, but I'm grown and I can take it and when it comes right down to it I don't care. I really don't understand what his problem with me is but it's his problem and not mine.
No, I still think it was some kid who started this thing. And I don't think what he said was all that outrageous, although I have to admit that when I first read what he said I was, well, pretty outraged. But then I thought about it. Why should this metal drummer-worshiping kid see anything in Max Roach's playing that would impress him?
So I'm going to assume that he was in earnest and got scared away by the responses.