I don't think letting it fade away into the sunset is really going to happen. It seems like every time there's a big story/shenanigans post, there's at least one "detox" thread after where people tell stories, get their anger out, and just generally recover as a community. I saw it with Jhantee, saw it with LizettaRose, seen it a few other times. Even if it's just "I'm so angry this was done!!" or "I'm so angry that I fell for it!" it seems to bring us together. Someone was going to post something. It's human nature.
That's why I'm confused. Nobody called out NEW publicly; I, for one, was sure other posters would turn against me. But apparently others also suspected, and still others are now hurt that they fell for it. I'm not sure what the solution is, or if there needs to be one, or even if this current discussion is against the rules.
As far as I know, no one called public shennanigans on NEW (I may be wrong about that, though). Also, she made a large number of thoughtful, detailed posts unrelated to her situation, both before and after her situation began. Finally, based only on a very quick scan-through of her posts, her dates (at least) seem to add up. Because she had a rather controversial posting style, she may have been banned for other reasons. For her, I honestly don't know. Though, jimithing posts just above me (as I'm typing) that it was most likely that at least some was made up and there was evidence. I was not around the boards much at that time and might have missed something, as well.
I was talking more about the obvious trolls, which come out in different ways, but there are a few things I've learned to watch out for in suspecting them:
1) Everything seems to happen on a condensed timescale; they are posting faster than they should for things to happen naturally;
2) Their given details diverge significantly with other posters' experiences of similar situations on more than one occasion;
3) They find a way to relate every post to their Subject, even in unrelated threads.