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

Feb 8, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Silicon Valley Watcher

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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Carl Bad wrote:
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????????
an in-joke?
Just pointing out that someone who agreed with your post about ignoring trolls doesn't have a very good track record. I found the irony pretty funny.

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Lord knows I made plenty of fun of that. I got involved when they made Air Cav a member. They finally tossed him and by then Ginny and I were at each other. Funny thing is after all the Keepers crap, Ginny wars and TM 15's involvement Ginny and I are now civil to each other. I even get a PM from Tank now and then.
That has been so cool, KP. I know, what a lot of crap, my gawd, so much fighting. lol, I learned a lot from it. You know, I talked with PI about it and he said, that he didn't see it as all bad, that he learned from it also. What a mind Tank has, so intelligent. That young man is going to go far, PI will also.

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Hello KP. When I read PI's welcome message on the Keeper page, I feel it was such a good idea, basically, and would have greatly helped Topix, saved innocent lives, dealt with severe problems, and at no cost to Topix. He never advocated for the posting of PI, the method he suggested was primarily counter-trolling, teaching posters how to do this.
http://thetopixkeepers.webs.com/about.htm
He kept an archive a great advice, from Demonic Penguin, etc. I will look for the link to Demonic Penguin's incredible posting about how to counter-troll, what a mind he had.
Chris Tolles did say that this was our forum to make of what we want. But the paranoia the company had about the Topix Keepers, tolerated the huge trolling, much of it on the Mod threads, that eventually made them say, it wasn't worth it, all of the time was having to be spent in defense and not in topix keeping. Of course, the very concept annoyed plenty of trolls also, but they backed off eventually, it was the non-stop grey box trolling that was so below-the-belt.
http://www.topix.com/forum/topstories/TNFRBC9...
I have seen around Topix, people doing what the TK's did though, all it really takes is seeing a real-name attack thread, posting on it that they are invading someone's privacy, its none of their business. Some towns are turning around their own forums, just by enough people speaking out, saying Enough.
Demonic Penguin..now there's a flash from the Past and I have that link. DP was one of the Crew back in the day. I'll see if i can find that link again, it was from some high school kids Topix posting area no less lol

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Remember DP's buddy Chaoman?

The art of trolling guide from the Big Fish thread

here's one of them although this isn't DP, but I think it may be the same post?

http://www.topix.com/forum/movies/big-fish/T3...

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Remember Edna Bambrick? lol

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Carl Bad wrote:
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gotcha
It sure dies seem like an inordinate amount off effort for the parties involved.
Seriously, who has the time. must be exhausting.
Says the troll who lives here.

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<quoted text>Demonic Penguin..now there's a flash from the Past and I have that link. DP was one of the Crew back in the day. I'll see if i can find that link again, it was from some high school kids Topix posting area no less lol
I have been looking for the link to his incredible counter-trolling advice, its so fascinating, I will keep looking. What a great Topix poster he was.

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It sure dies seem like an inordinate amount off effort for the parties involved.
Seriously, who has the time. must be exhausting.
I can't imagine what it's like to devote the time and energy to something like that, but more than that I can't fathom what the pay-off is or how it could possibly be fulfilling.

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It is easier for you since you have a life.
You've always been one of the best Carl. You made me laugh more times than you'll ever know.

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Well I have it somewhere, I have too many links to have to go through.

DP moved to Iraq a few years ago.

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:)

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I have been looking for the link to his incredible counter-trolling advice, its so fascinating, I will keep looking. What a great Topix poster he was.
I re posted it around here about a year ago and got a bunch of lemons for it lol, but I don't remember where?

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I have been looking for the link to his incredible counter-trolling advice, its so fascinating, I will keep looking. What a great Topix poster he was.
If I remember right, I believe it was somewhere in the Big Fish forum

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Remember DP's buddy Chaoman?
The art of trolling guide from the Big Fish thread
here's one of them although this isn't DP, but I think it may be the same post?
http://www.topix.com/forum/movies/big-fish/T3...
There were some tips he gave that involved very complex logic. I am looking for them, but I loved this post of his too, on Judge Its:

http://www.topix.com/forum/news/topix/T5SMB11...

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Well I have it somewhere, I have too many links to have to go through.
DP moved to Iraq a few years ago.
If you can find it, that would be awesome.

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Here's some more info from DP....
http://www.topix.com/forum/topstories/TE56SJ5...

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Not as much as The PT I miss that guy.
Its you. You have been stalking me since my first days here on the Topix forum, you stalked me all over IT, as well as other posters, here you are posting as Carl Bad.

http://www.topix.com/forum/news/internet-trol...

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There were some tips he gave that involved very complex logic. I am looking for them, but I loved this post of his too, on Judge Its:
http://www.topix.com/forum/news/topix/T5SMB11...
I do/did have that link, but I have so many links finding it may take a while, but I know exactly which one you're referring to and there were about 3 long posts in a row covering everything, is that the one you're referring to?

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Feels like 2010 all over again.

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Carl Bad wrote:
Darn! I'm Hilarious!
Not really. Here you are attacking Satan:

http://www.topix.com/forum/news/topix/TRR3R1B...

Here you are displaying your usual jealousy of me:

http://www.topix.com/forum/news/internet-trol...

You cannot leave my side, you are addicted to me, a parasite. Its not funny, its sad.

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