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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013
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    @celan - the Metric system one is a little misleading saying that the UK uses it. We use it for some things, and not for others. We're fun like that.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013 edited
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    @ celan: #3 should actually be titled: "The Only 22 Countries in the World Britain Has Not Invaded Yet".

    Yeah, I'm looking at you, Very Lucky Soldiers-Land.

    Flabyo's spot on. There's also the age differential complicating things even more. My only-two-years-younger-than-me sister is completely metric, whereas I can only understand imperial's abstract and archaic abbreviations and symbols.
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      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013 edited
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    A robot is making random gifs of The Wire. Story here.

    Can't promise there won't be dancing...

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    yup
    • CommentAuthorsilvercat
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013 edited
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    The CEO of Storify is apparently completely okay with stalking, going as far as bringing to the attention of a known stalker the twitter handles (and all associated info) people who are complaining about the Storify TOS.

    It should be noted that two at least two of the women already deal with stalkers, at least one gets weekly threats.

    I have group of people who like to troll my site. It's very minor and thus I don't talk about it much - seeing their sites in my referrer logs and knowing they're talking about how I'm a worthless talentless waste of space and should kill myself (I've gone and looked a couple of times and resisted after that), and the occasional apparently pretty much innocuous comment and getting chest pains from anxiety doesn't compare with weekly and daily receiving sexual and threatening messages. Ana Mardoll and Liss McEwan are both bloggers I follow and support and they in no way deserve the negative attention they get.

    I can't understand trolls. I can't understand spending hundreds and thousands of hours documenting stuff about a person (don't they get bored?!). I can't understand what mindset makes them decide that people working for equality for everybody deserve to be threatened and belittled. On a personal front, I can't understand how having a hobby that harms no one makes me worth attacking. (Seriously, one of them said I should just kill myself because I make up languages. My writing - which I know is better than some published stuff - is apparently shit. Because I'm furry, asexual, and genderqueer I'm a freak who just wants to be special.)

    There are very few places I'd post this. I think that despite the love of vulgarity and such, a lot of people here believe in equality and justice. If I'm wrong, don't tell me, okay?
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013
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    @ silvercat

    Organize and do it back to him as a large group aka virtual lynch mob. If a few hundred (or thousand) people start storifying his stuff and sending messages to him like

    We're coming to get you.
    We're the camera on the street.
    The shadow in the doorway.
    The shape under your bed with a knife,smiling.
    We're coming to get you.
    Soon.

    There's a decent chance he'll back off and go away.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013
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    Yeah, I'd just like to point out that that's a fucking terrible idea.

    Bad things do not cancel each other out, which is something that I think everyone should understand past age 5.

    To quote silvercat on account of truth:

    a lot of people here believe in equality and justice


    Be those people, please.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013
     (11024.10)
    Bam!
    Someone just got taphead'd.

    (Or maybe it's more of a tinkly noise ... like fairies.)
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013 edited
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    @taphead

    Well done, sir.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013
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    Yes, bravo, taphead, you have given forth a grand defense of the way things should be handled by Civilized people, in the Civilized world. Good show, sir, indeed, good show.

    Meanwhile, absent intervention, the guy's going to keep doing what he's doing.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013
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    Perhaps, but doing what you proposed will not, in all likelihood, stop him. It might be fun, sure, probably even funny, but it wouldn't actually result in much.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013 edited
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    I've always found that engaging with an asshole on their own level just escalates the situation to maximum shit levels for all involved. In the end the troll gets what they want (a reaction) and you end up losing hours, hours that could have gone to more writing or doing other productive things, to arguing with someone on the internet.

    It's a shame that the site doesn't allow for individual bans.

    But I don't know what to suggest, silvercat. I mean...all I can really say is what I do, which is choose the battles that are worth it. A bunch of douchebags whose idea of a good thing to do is to spend lots of time devoted to trying to make you feel bad? Barely even worth your fecal matter, let alone your time.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013
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    I'd like to point out I was not, at any point, speaking against intervention.

    Your suggestion, on the other hand, was a lynch mob.

    I think that's my closing statement on this particular case.

    (And yes, I think it's more a tinkl-y sound accompanied by a rainbow, and possibly flowers. Or bees.)
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013
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    True, that part was melodramatic and kind of silly. However, crowdsourcing a search to figure out who he is, where he is and what he looks like would be doable I should think. Most of the power this asshole has to cause fear comes from the idea that he could be anyone, anywhere at any time so these people have to be scared all the time. So, find out who he is, where is and what he looks like and you can cut that fear way down. The known is almost always less scary than the unknown.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013
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    I'd argue that it's just a matter of perception. When the big ugly troll is looked at as an insecure, sad little bastard with no life and lots of time, it becomes less scary.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013
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    True. However, oftentimes the insecure, sad little bastards are still pretty goddamned scary. This elevator asshole is cyber-stalking and harassing these people. The guy who should be helping to protect them is apparently blowing them off and helping to victimize them further. It seems to me that uniting as a group and taking legal, non-violent action is a pretty good idea.

    And if that doesn't work, then we can lynch his ass. Kidding. Mostly.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2013 edited
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    Online harassment is turning out to be this decades plague.

    The games industry is essentially on the edge of taking real damage from it now.

    There are certainly days when I look at the reaction creatives just doing their jobs are getting and think 'fuck it, I can't be arsed with this anymore'.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2013
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    @johnjones
    You forgot to mention Hitler.