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A troll is relentlessly annoying me online!

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Johnny Mnemonic, Sep 8, 2017.

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    Hello.

    I was going to add this to the legal section, but A, I didn't think it qualified as such, and B, there appears to be lots of spam in that section just now.

    Anyway...

    A troll signed up at some Resident Evil forums, and spammed heavily, using the name of a member from a survival horror gaming news blog. He was banned, but came back using different pseudonyms and started posting normal. I didn't know he was the same guy, but he made a few BS threads about anxiety and autism, because he knows I have these two conditions. Then his handles (I'm sure it's the same guy, too) then uploaded avatars of people I know (like i.e. a former college mate) to intentionally reveal I was tricked, and the handles reply to each other's posts. He was giving links to forums more suited to this subject matter, prior to his deception.

    He began registering at one message board with countless IDs about relationship advice. There aren't any active moderators, so he only gets banned very occasionally. But he post bombs the forums, abuses other members who see his crap, and he threatens me. He gets his alts to respond, to kid on he has support, and replies to just about every post I make with insults. He has over a dozen accounts, and possibly a lot of "sleepers" as well. He also got my friend's address from a horror themed YouTube video, then he sent people to his door, saying I was selling things. He still stalks me on other forums, by visiting my page and reading my topics. Members that are not signed in can't browse a user's posts, so I can sometimes see who is looking at my profiles.

    Since then, I've been relentlessly hassled by this guy at multiple websites. He knows I've posted about my quarrel with IMDb.com over Sylvester Stallone at other forums, for example, and he even stalked me to Wikipedia soon thereafter, and reverted my edits, but he got banned. It's a long story, but I basically found Stallone in movies (not ones where he was credited) and the site deleted these credits, even though I gave proof and they approved the credits before. This troll knows I'm an actor too, so he uploads screenshots from my videos and designs fake posters, and edits entries for these films I submitted, which is very annoying. He tagged them so he can go hunting for them when they come out on DVD, or whatever, to look for my role in each movie. Now, I know I cannot do anything about that as acting is like walking around in public with your pants down, so to speak. But he's a stalking mentalist.

    He also posted on the GetSatisfaction support site, with an alias I found out was one of his Wikipedia sockpuppets (and trust me - he has tons). He accidentally posted under a New Zealand IP address on Wikipedia as well, and these accounts were blocked and tagged. He also liked a bunch of films on IMDb.com and one that was flagged by him with the others (all mainly my movies) was a New Zealand film named Rabid. His Wikipedia accounts have lots of New Zealand themed edits as well, which is a possible giveaway that he may be in New Zealand. I've tried reporting the IP address to a company called Xtra, but I did not get a reply.

    Wikia is like Wikipedia, but it is not as well moderated anymore. He began harassing me there as well, and made an account with a similar name to mine and abused me. He got banned for vandalizing pages after I reported him, but it's so easy in this day and age to use a VPN, so he came back and edited a lot of pages I started again, and uploads images.

    The love advice site is experiencing a lot of downtime, but that is where he harasses me the most, using the handles, Slackjaw, Toilet, Frank's Flat, Limpy and others.

    Here is examples of his abuse.

    http://acting.wikia.com/wiki/Special:Contributions/Tobyblue25
    SEMrush
    http://acting.wikia.com/wiki/Special:Contributions/25e

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Sockpuppet_investigations/Escapement/Archive

    Got any suggestions on what I can do other than just ignoring him? He's very persistent.
     
    Johnny Mnemonic, Sep 8, 2017 IP
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    Agent000 Notable Member

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    You really have no choice but to ignore him until he gets sick of doing it and moves on....
     
    Agent000, Sep 8, 2017 IP
  3. Johnny Mnemonic

    Johnny Mnemonic Well-Known Member

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    So after being a member of "Love Forum" for over 5 years, my account was banned this week due to that troll post bombing and demanding I be banned, or else he would continue to attack the site. So like a pussy, the site admin deleted him yet again, but banned me too.

    I didn't want the guy coming there, but he did because of (see my first post). Well, that's really also their fault for leaving a community forum like that with no effing moderators. That's just ridiculous. It would be like if people all of a sudden left Digital Point and there wasn't anyone to maintain it. Then idiots like the guy I described would come and do sad things to ruin the last of one's enjoyment, because yes, there are scumbags that find this behavior rather amusing. However, forums in this day and age are rather niche now, I've noticed. They're never that active much due to everybody using self-indulgent sites like Facebook and Twitter instead. Screw Facebook!

    But still: What a pathetic little douche bag that moron is.
     
    Johnny Mnemonic, Sep 15, 2017 IP
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    First up: if you feel unsafe make sure you report this guy to your local police

    Next, I'm in NZ and Xtra are a big telco who are not likely to respond, we do however have Police who take cyber threats seriously (tried and tested, unfortunately) and another group called NetSafe.

    I suspect that if you dig around enough you'll find you've crossed physical paths with this guy - you stole his crush, beat him at an audition, took his carpark - something petty that he's blown out of proportion. Unfortunately, that means he's stealing your ability to enjoy being online and probably to self-promote too.

    I read a great article about a woman who was having a similar experience and was able to track the guy down and phoned his Mum - that sorted things out quickly.

    My main bit of advice is: don't be seen to engage. Keep in touch with the people whose identities he's stealing and apologise and recommend they report it to the Police. It may look like just a photo, but make no mistake, it's identity theft.
     
    sarahk, Sep 15, 2017 IP
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    qwikad.com Prominent Member Affiliate Manager

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    Do you think the police is going to care about something like this? My wife's picture was used by some punk on one social media site. And the guy (mostly likely it was a he) was posting some pretty vile content. My wife contacted the support and they were like: "Well, we can't do anything about that. Sorry.". Luckily the support contacted the guy too and he took the pic down. The point is nobody really cares about forum, social media trolls or identity thieves anymore since the issue is so widespread.

     
    qwikad.com, Sep 15, 2017 IP
  6. Johnny Mnemonic

    Johnny Mnemonic Well-Known Member

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    Granted, I don't really care about trolls either. There's too many to bother dealing with. They can call me names until the cows come home. Someone even once said I could write a book based entirely on all the grief I've suffered because of them, because they did far more than just calling me names. However, trolls are unique little creatures. They know just calling someone derogatory remarks isn't annoying enough, so they now go on Wikipedia and other forums with no moderators, and post my personal information. That in itself is kind of dumb. What forum have you been on over the years that doesn't even have moderators? And no, those crappy free ones shouldn't count. It appears some people are now confused on the other forums about why I'm banned.

    They will probably think I'm one of the spammers, so that's why it has N/A under my name. I've never asked to be banned, because that's allowing this cretin to declare a victory. I'd sent an email to the admin saying it was time to bring back moderators, and I even recommended a few people from there, that I thought could take up the position, because they log in all the time. So that would have made more sense than banning me. On the other hand, I reckon anybody stupid enough to leave a site with nobody to look after it probably shouldn't even be in charge of running a site anyway. That's my take on this whole mess.

    The ban doesn't 100% bother me, but it was disheartening to a degree. It was one of the last few forums I really still liked visiting. And if they're going to be weak pussies about this situation and ban a person because one troll throws his toys out of the pram, that's actually pretty damn sad. Sad, as in pathetic to the core.
     
    Johnny Mnemonic, Sep 15, 2017 IP
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    Barti1987 Well-Known Member

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    ok ok I'll stop...









    jkin, but do you know this person outside of the internet. Also not trying to make you sound sexist, but if you don't know the person is, why can't it be a woman?

    There could be more to this than just "hate". Maybe an ex?
     
    Barti1987, Sep 24, 2017 at 12:40 PM IP