Oh Mr. G....I sure like your style. We have to look out for each other out there.
There was a guy a few years back that was a troll and a bully on another forum I used to frequent. He'd go after anybody he thought he could. His mistake was he had plenty of pictures of himself and, while I'm not an expert, I can usually edit a pic well enough to get the point across. So, for a month, every time he started in on someone BOOM another picture of him in an embarrassing situation. He canceled his account and went away with his tail tucked between his legs
Okay all of that said the author of the second post makes a valid point. You have to be damn careful with your identity online these days. I ran into a troll who was smarter than the average bear and, since I have my own domain, it's not hard to run to register.com etc to find out my name, phone number, address, etc. Once you have someones name you can check Linkedin to see if they're on there. From that you can find out where they work, where they've worked, gone to school and so on and, since Linkedin is a source for a lot of people including myself to look for job or sales opportunities it's important that your data is accurate. That particular troll did a number on me but taught me a valuable lesson. Those holes in my identity have since been plugged and, the funny thing is, me and that guy are friendly now and he's quit being such a jerk to everyone.
If anybody out there needs some tips on how to protect your identity online feel free to let me know. Between my stalker of an ex and the guy who trolled me I've learned a lot of hard but valuable lessons.
Wow....That's some great info. Very helpful Godfather. I really appreciate your approach too.
I had horrible problems with trolls on another forum site. Briefly I had participated in an on air radio show with a member from that forum and when it became very obvious that she was not....shall we say...a very pleasant person, I sent her a nice email, wished her luck and left the show.
Well....she made it her personal mission to have me ridiculed, attacked and severely trolled on that forum because it turned out she could not handle the show on her own. She pm-ed lots of people, I later found out, behind-the-scenes and demanded that they 'pick sides' against me. She spend a great deal of effort wrangling all the trolls on that site to attack me, stalk me and make my life miserable. She revealed extremely private information to everyone about my childhood and about my life (all of which I had told her in strictest confidence) and they all used it to relentlessly attack me....and in really horrible, psychologically sadistic ways. And she organized it all and manipulated all my friends on that forum against me. (One person even sent me a private message on 'the best way to tie up and rape an infant'). It was horrible. And you know, looking back on it all...I think she was just a very sick, jealous person and, in actuality, was trying to 'get rid of the competition'. Makes no sense to me, but I think that is how her strange little mind works.
Anyway, that was what influenced me to start this forum....a welcoming place where emotional violence and sick behavior is not tolerated. And I will make sure it stays that way. I may need to be quite vigilant about it too, as some of the real low life trolls from that forum have hinted that they may try to come here with fake names and cause trouble. Yeah, charming, eh?
Not on my watch. Not in my house. Ain't going to happen.