|By Anatomist1 on Wednesday, October 18, 2000 - 11:00 pm: Edit|
My point was that "acting crazier than they are" in this context might backfire. Granted, most trolls would probably be dissuaded by the possibility that I might not be just typing for fun when I tell them that I have traced their location, my plane ticket is being processed, and I'm putting my AK-47 in its hard case right now. On the other hand, with my luck, I would be too lazy to follow through, and the guy would be the unabomber's evil twin. It seems so much easier to just ignore them... which is probably why I never thought of it in the first place.
|By Chrysippvs on Wednesday, October 18, 2000 - 10:49 pm: Edit|
That is a solution as well
|By Marc on Wednesday, October 18, 2000 - 10:37 pm: Edit|
How do I deal with the nut jobs on the streets of New York City? Ignore them. If they accost me, I act crazier than they are.
|By Chrysippvs on Wednesday, October 18, 2000 - 10:32 pm: Edit|
If someone will post the headers and footers to the mail we may be able to trace them....
|By Anatomist1 on Wednesday, October 18, 2000 - 10:13 pm: Edit|
Don is right. My initial instinct with trolls is to threaten them, reasoning that if their essence is cowardice, this will be the quickest way to make them go away. With my luck, this hotheaded propensity will see me threatening a burgeoning Ted Kazinski before long, and later I'll be scraping bits of my liver off the wall.
Unfortunately, I find a certain tragic allure to losers, and get drawn in... maybe it's from too many bleary nights of listening to Tom Waits recordings.
It's probably best to deal with them as one would accostive lowlifes on the street: be as boring and non-abrasive as possible until they go away.
|By Don_walsh on Wednesday, October 18, 2000 - 03:50 pm: Edit|
You wouldn't have to deal with them...just delete them. If you work from a web based email provider you can probably block the senders. These people are one dimensional cyber idiots. No need to get all upset about them...sticks & stones and all that.
|By Lordhobgoblin on Wednesday, October 18, 2000 - 09:20 am: Edit|
I'm only glad I removed my e-mail address from my profile. There are enough dopey idiots on the forum without having to deal with those outside.
|By Midas on Wednesday, October 18, 2000 - 06:42 am: Edit|
I love the fact that the message reads:
"Bite the big one shithead."
"Quit playing with yourself and go somewhere else and fuck off!!!"
Then concludes with:
"Your such a baby."
Hmmm, methinks someone has a perception problem, or possibly a chronic case of IPD (Infantile Profanity Disorder)
|By Don_walsh on Wednesday, October 18, 2000 - 01:46 am: Edit|
|By Bob_chong on Wednesday, October 18, 2000 - 12:54 am: Edit|
Maybe it was . or hmmmm
|By Admin on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 - 11:10 pm: Edit|
Let me just say, right here, that if anyone emails you personally and suggests in inappropriate manner that you are unwelcome here, please post the message here (or in the least, contact me). Especially if its a bogus address. Believe me, if any of ya'll were THAT unwelcome here, you'd know it on the forum itself. Members are not known for pulling punches.
Unless to carry on mutually fulfilling dialog or to resolve other issues, there should be no need for anyone but me threatening people.
|By Don_walsh on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 - 11:04 pm: Edit|
Whoever was sending those phony emails is a nonentity. It's just a piece of junk to delete, not very distiguishable from invitations to cybercasinos or Florida vacation deals. Except for the ridiculous grammar and use of 'your' for 'you're' which is cretinous.
|By Perruche_verte on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 - 09:49 pm: Edit|
Anonymous email used to be a neat trick but it's childishly easy now -- there are websites set up to enable one to do this. The best precaution with suspicious email is to use some other means of communication to verify its contents, as you have done with this board.
|By Anatomist1 on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 - 09:20 pm: Edit|
Actually, he just emailed me again. He claimed he would love to meet me in a dark alley, but did not specify a location... I replied just because I've always been curious about what motivates a vandal. It seems to me like there is such an obvious element of self-belittlement in vandalism. I mean, the whole point of what they do is that they are scared of being caught. Destroying or graffitiing in anonymity and scurrying away in disgrace is actually the goal. I've never heard of any other pasttime where cowardice is something that is put up on a pedestal as an achievement... usually it's deemed an inadequacy, a failure. My question is, how do you get so low that such ignominious failure becomes such a gleaming prize? You have to understand, I'm the kind of guy who pulls up ventilation grates, looks at the teeming tendrils of scum on its underside, and wonders how much trouble it would be to get my camera and tripod....
|By Bob_chong on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 - 09:08 pm: Edit|
If you want, you could you upload the full email here, as an attachment. If attached, it retains full headers, and there might be a cybersleuth among us who could see something in the mssg that gives away their identity. Or maybe you already tried this type of inquiry...
|By Don_walsh on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 - 09:01 pm: Edit|
I just got much the same email, with an email address purportedly yours. So someone is trying to organize a brawl between us and then stand back and watch. Pretty pathetic. Best to ignore them.
|By Anatomist1 on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 - 08:14 pm: Edit|
whoops... scratch the first make in the third stanza: typo.
|By Anatomist1 on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 - 08:12 pm: Edit|
Apparently, cowardly weasels are not completely discouraged by the new forum posting rules. I just got this email:
"Bite the big one shithead. Do much shadowboxing and cyberpunching today? Quit playing with yourself and go somewhere else and fuck off!!! The Forum is sick and tired of your crying attitude. Your such a baby."
Hmmm... I give him a zero for brains, a zero for grammar, a zero for content, and a negative ten for testicular presence. I tried to email him to make invite him to make an appointment for fisticuffs or gunplay but lo and behold, the email address was fake. Imagine that...
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