I'm an occasional monastery visitor that really loves this site, and yearns for the time to become a more permanent resident (hopefully, sometime soon)!
Being away from the culture so much I miss out on lots of stuff, but the most annoying for me is getting caught feeding the trolls (when I'm too lazy to do my research first). Late last year, cop got me a few times before I figured out who/what he/she was/is. Recently, I was reading Discourage Trolling and sympathized with what moritz suggested, but understood the downsides of the implementation.
I wonder if a slightly different solution would be to change the display of a monk's id, so that if they require penance the foreground characters of their id would be in a different color, say red? This way, it would at least be a warning anywhere that id shows up, that extra care is required. I don't believe this would be too hard to implement and I think the benefits would help folks like me, be a bit more careful. Thoughts?