There must be something uniquely satisfying about mocking the academy & insulting professors. How else to explain the obsessive energy of the trolls, Ayn Rand cultists, and illiterate weirdos the site attracts? The sneering is palpable. Honestly, I have to stop trying to reason with them. It would make an interesting sociological study to investigate how a presumably specialist profession-oriented publication became the site of such intense reactionary pushback. A rhetorical study might also be revealing, though it wouldn't be as interesting since the single technique deployed by the trolls is the classical straw man device in which the writer substitutes a fantasy of academia for the actual thing & then proceeds to attack the fantasy. There is also a distressing inability or unwillingness to read the articles or comments about them before propping up the old straw prof & going to work.