Take A Look Into Topix - Mass Bullyin...

Take A Look Into Topix - Mass Bullying Across Thousands Of Small US Towns

There are 562 comments on the Silicon Valley Watcher story from Feb 8, 2013, titled Take A Look Into Topix - Mass Bullying Across Thousands Of Small US Towns. In it, Silicon Valley Watcher reports that:

My name is Virginia Olive Hoge and I am in the strange and fated position of being one of the first people who noticed that something very alarming was happening on Topix.com. Over three and a half years ago, I noticed how it was being used as a vehicle for slander, to batter people online.

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Blacklick, OH

#1 Feb 8, 2013
I agree with Virginia Hoge.

Small town Topix is a disaster!

I am thinking a Topix-free Lent is sufficiently challenging for me to attempt. I waste too much time here as it is and a cleansing is needed. Perhaps I will return with my priorities sorted and a place for a constructive use of Topix in my life...

-Kevin-

Since: Nov 09

Smirk .. ;-)

#2 Feb 8, 2013
Oh jebus. She's at it again.

“Living The Dream”

Since: Mar 09

~~How Sweet It Is~~

#5 Feb 9, 2013
Well now this article is quite the gem and I'll be looking into why it reached publication status at all.

Credentials - none.

One only has to take a jaunt through the various threads and forums to see said author's own participation of such activities.

-Kevin-

Since: Nov 09

Smirk .. ;-)

#6 Feb 9, 2013
Yup

“Don't Tread on Me!”

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#8 Feb 9, 2013
There is real slander and libel going on in small town topix forums, I'll give her that. And I don't know what her personal experience was in her own small town forum.
All I can speak about is that when the author of that article came to the forum I post in, she started the sheet that was thrown back at her. She could've won an award for 'Most Annoying Poster Ever' if they had those. Confrontational, assumptive, and accusatory. I thought she might be mentally ill, so I considered her off-limits as far as responding to the irritations, besides a few civil posts, I ignored her.

Slander, defamation of character, and libel are all still against the law. I am a free speech advocate and don't want a bunch of babysitters out here. BUT, there is legal recourse when someone commits these crimes against folks, and Topix needs to be far more cooperative with folks who are trying to address their attackers with the law. As it is, their closed mouth policies about just WHO the offenders are, makes legal recourse cost-prohibitive for the average topix poster. Once someone has retained a lawyer, Topix making them fight for months just to get the IP of the offender(s) adds up to a HUGE legal bill for the plaintiff. That is just wrong.
Anyway, my two cents on it.

“Hello”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#9 Feb 9, 2013
Winnie the Pooh1 wrote:
Well now this article is quite the gem and I'll be looking into why it reached publication status at all.
Credentials - none.
One only has to take a jaunt through the various threads and forums to see said author's own participation of such activities.
I agree.She dont post addresses,names,etc,but she does troll with a vengeance,as can be seen on here.I do agree that people have been affected ofline by having their personal information put on here,and that is just wrong.I've had my name and pictures put on here,as many others have too,and this site will use that against you at times.

“Hello”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#14 Feb 9, 2013
Carl Bad wrote:
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She has posted first and last names in the past.
I didnt know that...this site is THE worst place to have personal information put on here.I see threads with real names and ppl bashing that person who is probably unaware its even happening,and it makes me sick.She is right about one thing,it is an epidemic in small towns.

“The Topix Legend of "GS8"!”

Since: Sep 10

United States, North America

#15 Feb 9, 2013
Ill-Bill wrote:
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How come no link to the IT forum?
How are you sweetie? This will be a very interesting thread to read going forward.

“Don't Tread on Me!”

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#16 Feb 9, 2013
Carl Bad wrote:
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Great Post.
You are correct, when she does it she considers it free speech, when others participate she calls them trolls and bullies (not that there aren't a ton of those on Topix).
She constantly cries wold and asserts she is being threatened, she is well known to the authorities in her home town and is considered a crank.
Thank you.
It irks me so see her identify herself with the REAL victims in the small town forums of Topix, then deign to speak for them.
Bool-sheet, is what I say to that!

“Don't Tread on Me!”

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#21 Feb 9, 2013
Carl Bad wrote:
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She REALLY believes she is one of them.
<quoted text>
She has been doing it for years, prior to topix she used to tell local bloggers what they could and couldn't publish. She was ignored of course.
Sounds like the same person we saw; very interfering and bossy. Quick to scold, and tenacious as hades...lol

“Ill Bill's the Best”

Since: Oct 11

Icno's Sock Drawer

#27 Feb 9, 2013
Ill-Bill wrote:
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No I can't see you.
Have you been playing in the snow, Bill?

“Don't Tread on Me!”

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#29 Feb 9, 2013
Carl Bad wrote:
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LOL I forgot about shadow banning. Can anyone see this? Testing 1-2-3...is this thing on?
LOL!

“The Spotted Girl News Network”

Since: Apr 09

Spotted World

#30 Feb 9, 2013
She is the biggest bully on here. She uses her self-proclaimed victim status to manipulate, bully, control, and censor others. I almost believe that posting online should require a mental fitness test.

“Hello”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#36 Feb 10, 2013
Bullies are all over topix not just in small towns.All you have to do is look here and you'll see.

“Hello”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#37 Feb 10, 2013
Spotted Girl wrote:
She is the biggest bully on here. She uses her self-proclaimed victim status to manipulate, bully, control, and censor others. I almost believe that posting online should require a mental fitness test.
Me and her used to be friends.She mocked me last year when I mentioned in a post one of her troll buddies was incessantly harassing me for no reason. She got smart with me and our friendship ended after that. Some people take bullying from the hallways of school and bring it here,when good posters don't come to topix to bully others.

“Hello”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#39 Feb 11, 2013
Carl Bad wrote:
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Yep, lots of folks could say the same.
Regardless of who your friendly with,the bias on this site makes me laugh at times. Don't complain about something that you yourself are guilty of doing. She writes an article about an issue that she is guilty of herself.

_Olive_

“unstoppable”

Since: Jul 11

Hell

#40 Feb 11, 2013
Carl Bad wrote:
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Great Post.
You are correct, when she does it she considers it free speech, when others participate she calls them trolls and bullies (not that there aren't a ton of those on Topix).
She constantly cries wold and asserts she is being threatened, she is well known to the authorities in her home town and is considered a crank.
I think its time you are well-known the the authorities, Tom, for the sexual perversion of your posts.

Are you Topix's guard dog? LMAO! After what you have posted? What you have done?

You are sick in the head, and if Topix is still tolerating you...

_Olive_

“unstoppable”

Since: Jul 11

Hell

#41 Feb 11, 2013
Ill-Bill wrote:
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Ginny? Is that you?
No, that is my worshiper. Its a love/hate thing. But her spite, is eating her up.

_Olive_

“unstoppable”

Since: Jul 11

Hell

#43 Feb 11, 2013
Ill-Bill wrote:
Nice article Ginny.
How come no link to the IT forum?
Thank you Ill Bill. My gawd, the ugly troll war that was waged on the IT forum. And against what, opinion? opinion they don't care for?

The biggest bullies are always the biggest cowards.

_Olive_

“unstoppable”

Since: Jul 11

Hell

#44 Feb 11, 2013
Carl Bad wrote:
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Tom?
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/logan-wv/TT5N...
Perversion?
That's a cute thread. PI and I, turned around your dumb troll. As always, your total arrogance is blind.

You have been outed as Tom Pappas, a sick pervert.

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