Take this senseless board down !!!!!!!!!
blacks drain life

Utica, NY

#25 Apr 30, 2013
blacks drain life from the city.
Mr rogers

Brooklyn, NY

#26 Apr 30, 2013
New York Times writer A.G. Sulzberger writes about the impact of Topix Forums in small towns where gossip is harder to avoid.  The full article is here, though it has been republished all over the web. As a writer myself who writes less passionately on other subjects besides Topix, I cannot fault the Times article for being somewhat subtle and fair in its treatment of a company who deserves far worse.  Nevertheless, the article leaves to the reader to see the fallacy of the majority of Topix CEO Chris Tolles commentary, cited throughout the article.

Tolles really does not seem to see anything wrong with running a website which lets people post the local gossip on a news site that never archives and that quickly attracts major search engines.  While different people have different views on gossip, we teach our kids about not letting it turn mean or hurtful, enact laws against cyberbullying and so are we saying that for adults its ok and on an online news site its also okay?   Is it okay for today's gossip to be up 2 years from now? 

The article quietly quotes Mr. Tolles saying that the comments are "funny to read" as if they are a comic strip about someone who is not real.  Funny to outsiders, perhaps but to the target they are not at all funny. 

He says that [what Topix does] is better for business.  So, whose business did he mean or did he mean for his own business perhaps since Topix can profit off every visit, even selling ads for MATCH.COM members who are unwittingly shown on the site.

Tolles says that the site can be a place for whistle-blowing and candid discussion of local politics, however other sites can and do play a similar role.  Scrolling through some of the political discussion forums, one may occasionally find a valid discussion but one will also find political discussions that amount to personal attacks and slurs on candidates that don't really seem like they are furthering the public knowledge of the issues. 

Topix claim to be a place for discussion is shadowed and marred by the reality that the site is abused and has enabled damage throughout the nation from lost jobs, to lost reputations, to lost community positions, emotional damage, fears and financial woes.  All of this in the name of a company who uses an excuse of free speech when in reality they just like the profit from all of the web traffic that they continue to suck in.

What the article doesn't cover is the fact that the problem is not limited to small towns where people actually GO TO TOPIX.  Topix powerful news aggregation prowess brings even the fakest of Topix news stories to the top of engine searches.  For more information on this, including our test post, visit our our Google and Topix page here.

Matthew Walters - September 21, 2011
Mr rogers

Brooklyn, NY

#27 Apr 30, 2013
Katelynn, Ryan and Jasmine Bennett might be alive today if Topix did things differently.  Mother Amanda Bennett was distraught over marriage problems and decided to vent on the local anonymous Topix forum.  Posts blamed Amanda for the problems in her life and while others made more helpful comments, the reality is that hurtful comments on Topix are etched into eternity on the internet, giving the victim no hope of removing their sting over time. Most respected forum sites would have abuse reporting and removal systems in place which would, when the thread gets too heated, allow for posts to be deleted.  Not so with Topix who tells people to use an abuse reporting system that they take months to respond to and history shows, rarely actually do anything.  That would have been months too late for Amanda whose life was in crisis and who needed to understand that the website that she was using is much more widely known for trolls and abuse than a destination for helpful life guidance. 

Topix views all of it as free speech, but the problem is that by the time the legal system can activate the removal of posts through police or legal subpoenas its often too late.  In many cases, what is posted simply might not break the law.  It just may be an opinion which is best withheld, a self restraint that Topix just can't count on happening all of the time.  And with nobody manning the phone at Topix.com there is almost nothing anyone can do until its too late and the police step in.

We are urging lawmakers to read this story and to finally consider taking action to make changes to the existing laws which hold companies who refuse to moderate anonymous forums responsible for content posted by others if they chose to hide the posters.  This is the only way that Topix will be incented to take responsibility for their abusive forums.  Topix CEO Chris Tolles calls TOPIX the WikiLeaks for small towns but WikiLeaks leaked truthful information, perhaps against better judgment, about government.  Topix self proclaims itself a news aggregator and in reality is a free for all of defamation, hate and libel.  WikiLeaks it is not, though perhaps Tolles future will be similar to the future of WikiLeaks leader who is currently in police custody.  Austin Police Chief Lonnie Noble, simple says "Its definitely a slander site".

The local paper story HERE highlights how notorious TOPIX forums are, by police.  One officer said that his  city employees are actually banned from the site altogether.  Recently,Indianapolis news station WTHR covered the story without pulling any punches for Topix. Story here.

Topix CEO Chris Tolles says that he didn't see anything in the string of posts that was out of line however, this just highlights the problem with Topix.  Not only are posts reviewed TOO LATE FOR IT TO MATTER but they are looked at by people who have no business making such decisions (see the interview below by the FS Tribune and you will see quickly that Tolles doesn't think that words cause actions).   Topix reviews take MONTHS and rarely get any action anyway and so the point still remains that Topix is by its very way to doing business, a place where things like this will just keep happening.

Our feeling is that the days of Topix claiming that it is in the news business are coming to a close.  Topix is becoming known and becoming used for what it really is, an anonymous unmoderated forum site attached to a news aggregator, which profits on web traffic created by the very same.
cold hard facts

Fayetteville, NY

#28 Apr 30, 2013
Mr rogers wrote:
Katelynn, Ryan and Jasmine Bennett might be alive if her daddy didn't molest her .
Under the crime of burglary, 30.4% of arrested are Black and 67.8% are White. The Black burglary rate 30.4 over 13, divided by the White burglary rate of 67.8 over 85, gives a figure of 2.93.

If these arrest records accurately record the commission of burglaries, that means that Blacks commit burglary at almost 3 times the rate of Whites.

Using the same methodology, the figures other crimes can also be broken down:

Weapons violations are committed by Blacks at nearly 5 times the rate for Whites;

Blacks are caught receiving or buying stolen property at nearly 5 times the rate for Whites;

Blacks are involved in prostitution at almost 4 times the rate for Whites;

Blacks are arrested for drug crimes at over 4 times the rate for Whites;

Blacks are more than three times as likely as Whites to be caught at forgery, counterfeiting, and fraud, and almost three times as likely to be caught at embezzlement;

Blacks are more than 3 times as likely to be thieves as Whites;

Blacks are more than 4 times as likely to commit assault as Whites;

Blacks are almost 4.5 times as likely to steal a motor vehicle;

Blacks are more than 5 times as likely to commit forcible rape as Whites;

Blacks are over 8 times as likely to commit murder as Whites;

Blacks are more than 10 times as likely to commit robbery as Whites;

Nearly 25% of all Black males between the ages of 20 and 29 are in jail or on probation - this does not include those wanted or awaiting trial;
internet

Fayetteville, NY

#29 Apr 30, 2013
If anyone believes topix is bad, I guess you have no clue about the internet.
There's tons of sites that are worse then the KKK, they really post about black people, the only thing you can't say is that you will cause them physical harm, but all else goes.
Brown trout

Brooklyn, NY

#30 Apr 30, 2013
We have through the Freedom of Information Act obtained copies of court records, filed by Topix when they were asked to reveal the IP addresses of anonymous posters who attacked the Leshers in TX resulting in a lawsuit.  Topix filed an ANTI-SLAPP motion, claiming that it had too few employees and therefore did not have the resources to provide the court with the IP addresses of less than 200 people.    Former Topix manager EMILY WILLIAMS HURLEY, who told the court that she was responsible for the GENERAL MANAGEMENT OF THE TOPIX FORUM SYSTEM, claimed that Topix only has 28 employees and that each was essential for the day to day operations of the company.  Hurley also admitted that they receive 1000-1200 new 'user inquiries' per day in their reputed 300,000 plus forums and that she was responsible for overseeing them.  Use Topix for a few hours and you will not have a hard time surmising that the vast majority of 'user inquiries' really boils down to POST COMPLAINTS (ie - reports of concern or abuse). Yet Topix promised and CEO Chris Tolles signed an AGREEMENT WITH 32 ATTORNEYS GENERAL to improve moderation of its forums and to help combat CYBERBULLING on its site.  How can a company with 28 employees do that and why did Topix change its TERMS OF SERVICE shortly after, in an apparent attempt to further distance itself from responsibility for what others post in its forums?

It is the opinion of this author and those working to contribute material to this website, that Topix has neither the inclination nor the resources to justify it aggregating news from thousands of sources all over the web, hosting over three hundred thousand commenting forums that really can't be moderated given the number of people that it employees and is negligently running an out of control website that is destroying lives and reputations and creating a platform for cyberbullying.

Topix cannot police its forums PERIOD.  Topix cannot honor its commitment to the Attorney Generals with the resources that it told the court that it has, and any hope that the community has that Topix is improving things is completely unrealistic wishful thinking. 
love TOPIIX

Fayetteville, NY

#31 Apr 30, 2013
Bless Chris Tolls, a place where people say what they want, and don't have the welfare ape gov running the place.
Brown trout

Brooklyn, NY

#32 Apr 30, 2013
internet wrote:
If anyone believes topix is bad, I guess you have no clue about the internet.
There's tons of sites that are worse then the KKK, they really post about black people, the only thing you can't say is that you will cause them physical harm, but all else goes.
Here's the thing. Elderly men and woman get out of church and click on topix to see what the temperature is. 16 yr olds click on topix to look for a job. Respectable people click on topix to see if their are any good bands playing in the city. Etc. etc. that was the intent of this sight. I agree their are worse sights to visit. The difference is you would have to want to visit those sites inorder to end up there. This sight is not for racists who are hurting innocent people. We know you exsist but we choose not to visit your sick, and twisted opinions, or outlook on life. Please show my grandmother, sister, mother etc. the courtesy, and spread your hate filled propaganda elsewhere. As you stated there are plenty of web sites for you to do so. This is not the one!!!! I don't know if you are on the side of the other poster. With that said my statement is not entirely directed at you.
Black fish

Manlius, NY

#33 Apr 30, 2013
Who the hell goes to topix for weather or bands? Please! If you can't admit to yourself you search for gossip you're fooling only you.
cold hard facts

Fayetteville, NY

#34 Apr 30, 2013
Brown trout wrote:
<quoted text>
Here's the thing. Elderly men and woman get out of church and click on topix to see what the temperature is. 16 yr olds click on topix to look for a job. Respectable people click on topix to see if their are any good bands playing in the city. Etc. etc. that was the intent of this sight. I agree their are worse sights to visit. The difference is you would have to want to visit those sites inorder to end up there. This sight is not for racists who are hurting innocent people. We know you exsist but we choose not to visit your sick, and twisted opinions, or outlook on life. Please show my grandmother, sister, mother etc. the courtesy, and spread your hate filled propaganda elsewhere. As you stated there are plenty of web sites for you to do so. This is not the one!!!! I don't know if you are on the side of the other poster. With that said my statement is not entirely directed at you.
Put down the crack pipe.

That's the news, the OD, WKTV, CNN, Reuters. There's no weather.
Tell your family to stay off topix and go read WKTV, OD, CNN, Reuters, where they make the world look fake.
Make sure they don't go to the UPD facebook page and see all the blacks with worms on their heads who committed crimes in the real world.

Here are some educational statistics for them. Teach them to walk up to a group of black men at night and see what happens idiot.

Under the crime of burglary, 30.4% of arrested are Black and 67.8% are White. The Black burglary rate 30.4 over 13, divided by the White burglary rate of 67.8 over 85, gives a figure of 2.93.

If these arrest records accurately record the commission of burglaries, that means that Blacks commit burglary at almost 3 times the rate of Whites.

Using the same methodology, the figures other crimes can also be broken down:

Weapons violations are committed by Blacks at nearly 5 times the rate for Whites;

Blacks are caught receiving or buying stolen property at nearly 5 times the rate for Whites;

Blacks are involved in prostitution at almost 4 times the rate for Whites;

Blacks are arrested for drug crimes at over 4 times the rate for Whites;

Blacks are more than three times as likely as Whites to be caught at forgery, counterfeiting, and fraud, and almost three times as likely to be caught at embezzlement;

Blacks are more than 3 times as likely to be thieves as Whites;

Blacks are more than 4 times as likely to commit assault as Whites;

Blacks are almost 4.5 times as likely to steal a motor vehicle;

Blacks are more than 5 times as likely to commit forcible rape as Whites;

Blacks are over 8 times as likely to commit murder as Whites;

Blacks are more than 10 times as likely to commit robbery as Whites;

Nearly 25% of all Black males between the ages of 20 and 29 are in jail or on probation - this does not include those wanted or awaiting trial;

cold hard facts

Fayetteville, NY

#35 Apr 30, 2013
Brown trout wrote:
<quoted text>
Here's the thing. Elderly men and woman get out of church and click on topix to see what the temperature is. 16 yr olds click on topix to look for a job. Respectable people click on topix to see if their are any good bands playing in the city. Etc. etc. that was the intent of this sight. I agree their are worse sights to visit. The difference is you would have to want to visit those sites inorder to end up there. This sight is not for racists who are hurting innocent people. We know you exsist but we choose not to visit your sick, and twisted opinions, or outlook on life. Please show my grandmother, sister, mother etc. the courtesy, and spread your hate filled propaganda elsewhere. As you stated there are plenty of web sites for you to do so. This is not the one!!!! I don't know if you are on the side of the other poster. With that said my statement is not entirely directed at you.
Stay on the rome topix idiot, or the other 25 thousand towns.

More learning statics for them.

While 144 Americans have died in Afghanistan in 2012, 228 Chicago residents have been killed. The murder rate is up 35 percent from last year which was black-on-black crime.

Thanks Chicago.
slapanut

Utica, NY

#36 Apr 30, 2013
Brit wrote:
How many people agree on this it is a trashy board and hurting innocent families.
Then why are you here if it bothers you? Go away.....

Level 3

Since: Dec 12

Location hidden

#37 May 1, 2013
If you love Freedom the you gotta love Topix. They are one in the same.
brown trout

Brooklyn, NY

#38 May 1, 2013
I see dum people wrote:
If you love Freedom the you gotta love Topix. They are one in the same.
feel free to have some respect.

feel free to be a decent human being

feel free to show some restraint

feel free to contribute to society in a positive way

feel free to have show some common curtesy

feel free to help a neighbor

feel free to have some compassion
Revisionist

United States

#40 May 1, 2013
If you don't like The Voice, you don't watch it.

If you don't want to read supermarket tabloids, you don't buy them.

If you don't want to read what's on here.....why the hell are you here?
Siri

Clinton, NY

#41 May 2, 2013
The Utica Hot Trash board where all low class people post on here and people with very low IQ' and perverts post on here.
cold hard facts

Fayetteville, NY

#42 May 2, 2013
Siri wrote:
The Utica Hot Trash board where all low class people post on here and people with very low IQ' and perverts post on here.
Put down the crack pipe.

That's the news, the OD, WKTV, CNN, Reuters. There's no weather.
Tell your family to stay off topix and go read WKTV, OD, CNN, Reuters, where they make the world look fake.
Make sure they don't go to the UPD facebook page and see all the blacks with worms on their heads who committed crimes in the real world.

Here are some educational statistics for them. Teach them to walk up to a group of black men at night and see what happens idiot.

Under the crime of burglary, 30.4% of arrested are Black and 67.8% are White. The Black burglary rate 30.4 over 13, divided by the White burglary rate of 67.8 over 85, gives a figure of 2.93.

If these arrest records accurately record the commission of burglaries, that means that Blacks commit burglary at almost 3 times the rate of Whites.

Using the same methodology, the figures other crimes can also be broken down:

Weapons violations are committed by Blacks at nearly 5 times the rate for Whites;

Blacks are caught receiving or buying stolen property at nearly 5 times the rate for Whites;

Blacks are involved in prostitution at almost 4 times the rate for Whites;

Blacks are arrested for drug crimes at over 4 times the rate for Whites;

Blacks are more than three times as likely as Whites to be caught at forgery, counterfeiting, and fraud, and almost three times as likely to be caught at embezzlement;

Blacks are more than 3 times as likely to be thieves as Whites;

Blacks are more than 4 times as likely to commit assault as Whites;

Blacks are almost 4.5 times as likely to steal a motor vehicle;

Blacks are more than 5 times as likely to commit forcible rape as Whites;

Blacks are over 8 times as likely to commit murder as Whites;

Blacks are more than 10 times as likely to commit robbery as Whites;

Nearly 25% of all Black males between the ages of 20 and 29 are in jail or on probation - this does not include those wanted or awaiting trial;

Level 3

Since: Dec 12

Location hidden

#43 May 2, 2013
brown trout wrote:
<quoted text>
feel free to have some respect.
feel free to be a decent human being
feel free to show some restraint
feel free to contribute to society in a positive way
feel free to have show some common curtesy
feel free to help a neighbor
feel free to have some compassion
Feel free to bury you head in the sand when you get a-scared.

If something taste bad you spit it out
If something is too bright you look away
If something is too loud you cover your ears
If it is raining you stay indoors
If you can't take the heat stay out of the kitchen

As foul and filthy as this forum can become, it is the last bastion for free flowing thought. Clean your filters out and grow some thicker skin.

Level 3

Since: Dec 12

Location hidden

#44 May 2, 2013
cold hard facts wrote:
<quoted text>Put down the crack pipe.
That's the news, the OD, WKTV, CNN, Reuters. There's no weather.
Tell your family to stay off topix and go read WKTV, OD, CNN, Reuters, where they make the world look fake.
Make sure they don't go to the UPD facebook page and see all the blacks with worms on their heads who committed crimes in the real world.
Here are some educational statistics for them. Teach them to walk up to a group of black men at night and see what happens idiot.
Under the crime of burglary, 30.4% of arrested are Black and 67.8% are White. The Black burglary rate 30.4 over 13, divided by the White burglary rate of 67.8 over 85, gives a figure of 2.93.
If these arrest records accurately record the commission of burglaries, that means that Blacks commit burglary at almost 3 times the rate of Whites.
Using the same methodology, the figures other crimes can also be broken down:
Weapons violations are committed by Blacks at nearly 5 times the rate for Whites;
Blacks are caught receiving or buying stolen property at nearly 5 times the rate for Whites;
Blacks are involved in prostitution at almost 4 times the rate for Whites;
Blacks are arrested for drug crimes at over 4 times the rate for Whites;
Blacks are more than three times as likely as Whites to be caught at forgery, counterfeiting, and fraud, and almost three times as likely to be caught at embezzlement;
Blacks are more than 3 times as likely to be thieves as Whites;
Blacks are more than 4 times as likely to commit assault as Whites;
Blacks are almost 4.5 times as likely to steal a motor vehicle;
Blacks are more than 5 times as likely to commit forcible rape as Whites;
Blacks are over 8 times as likely to commit murder as Whites;
Blacks are more than 10 times as likely to commit robbery as Whites;
Nearly 25% of all Black males between the ages of 20 and 29 are in jail or on probation - this does not include those wanted or awaiting trial;
While you are entitled to your opinion, you should start your own post. Your trolling is interfering with the rest of our on topic trolling. I can arrange for you to get a PSA during the nightly news for you to spread your message if you like.
Siri

Clinton, NY

#46 May 2, 2013
None of these I'm way above this low life crap that you people post to hurt decent people on here .

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