Techdirt's editor on the term "patent trolls":
I tend to avoid it unless it absolutely fits. Since, by it's [sic] very nature, it's derogatory, it tends to shut off conversation rather than encourage it.
Fair enough. "Derogatory" is bad. "Conversation" is good, and should be "encourage[d]." So let's see what non-derogatory words Techdirt uses to encourage conversation:
Let the conversation begin! (But please don't upset the
patent trolls non-practicing entities with any "derogatory" language.)