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2015-07-22 02:55:25 AM  
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2015-07-22 06:20:23 AM  
Fairfax Underground is basically Northern Virginia's own 4chan. I've looked at it occasionally to try to find out more information about local events, but it's pretty much filled with nothing but racism, slander, trolling, and porn to a degree that makes Fark look tame in comparison.

He has a mild form of autism and suffers from major depression.

Pretty sure that describes all the regular users of that site. Well, except for the mild part.
 
2015-07-22 06:25:39 AM  
these people aren't trolls, they're farking criminals

of course, despite laws already being on the books to address this vile behavior, we'll see a renewed call for legislation that will chill speech on the internet, like in the uk--where you can go to jail for racist jokes on twitter--or new zealand, where hurting someone's feelings online is a criminal offense
 
2015-07-22 06:46:26 AM  
It's fine. It's not like it's a woman who was harassed.
 
2015-07-22 06:53:16 AM  
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2015-07-22 07:18:00 AM  

Bonanza Jellybean: these people aren't trolls, they're farking criminals

of course, despite laws already being on the books to address this vile behavior, we'll see a renewed call for legislation that will chill speech on the internet, like in the uk--where you can go to jail for racist jokes on twitter--or new zealand, where hurting someone's feelings online is a criminal offense


Yeah this.  They did this in Nova Scotia with 'anti-bullying' legislation instead of dealing with these twats using the existing anti-harassment laws they made a law so broad that it stifles our already tenuous free speech (Canada does not have the same protection that the US does).  The only good news about this whole situation is that there is a special group assigned to look at these specific complaints and they are far more knowledgeable about online matters than ordinary police forces and so far they've been dismissing more complaints due to them not being actual crimes than they have been following up on.  Hopefully that doesn't change.
 
2015-07-22 07:19:47 AM  
I wish there were different terms for this type of troll and the harmless type of troll that posts dumb questions to TFD.
 
2015-07-22 07:21:08 AM  
"Now"?

I'm pretty sure this isn't a new phenomenon.

fluffy2097: It's fine. It's not like it's a woman who was harassed.


Oh. I guess now it matters.
 
2015-07-22 07:27:51 AM  
This is what happens when you don't pay the Troll Toll.
 
2015-07-22 07:30:36 AM  

fluffy2097: It's fine. It's not like it's a woman who was harassed.


This.  I'm locking this thread.  Everyone go home.
 
2015-07-22 08:33:14 AM  
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2015-07-22 08:44:40 AM  
The harassment only increased. In October 2014, the lawsuit says, a picture of Basl pointing a revolver at the viewer was posted along with a message: "You can run but you can't hide, Miz." Basl denies making the post.

Well, I'd believe Mr. Basl. Thousands wouldn't, but I would. After all, I'm sure he's got tons of pictures like that just floating around the intertubes.
 
2015-07-22 08:45:39 AM  

Bonanza Jellybean: these people aren't trolls, they're farking criminals

of course, despite laws already being on the books to address this vile behavior, we'll see a renewed call for legislation that will chill speech on the internet, like in the uk--where you can go to jail for racist jokes on twitter--or new zealand, where hurting someone's feelings online is a criminal offense


Came to say this. Bullies are not trolls. The fact that the term troll is now being used to describe all cyber bullies just proves how much of a victim of success they are.
 
2015-07-22 08:52:44 AM  

Perlin Noise: The fact that the term troll is now being used to describe all cyber bullies just proves how much of a victim of success they are.


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2015-07-22 09:10:55 AM  
Didn't we see this same problem in an article a couple of weeks ago about the anti-vax crowd in California?
 
2015-07-22 09:28:54 AM  
Yea. "Now".

Not like when the sorts of idiots who define their worth by their Gamerscore started to SWAT other players just so they didn't lose at a video game. Not like when 4chan went after Jessi Slaughter. Not like when people went on Youtube raid campaigns trying to convince kids to commit suicide. Not like when /b/ got hold of people's information and started sending them hundreds of pizza orders, calling them and leaving violent messages and threats in voicemail and sending people to their houses. Not like when 8chan and Gamergate tards on Twitter started harassing and threatening people for saying mean things about their favorite video games. Not like when people were sending crime scene photos to the Catsouras family of their daughter's mangled corpse after she was killed in a high speed crash.

It just "now" became a problem. Sure.
 
2015-07-22 09:51:24 AM  
Trolls are wonderful human beings and usually right.
 
2015-07-22 09:51:36 AM  
Headline sucks and you suck for submitting it. So does everybody from the country you live in.
Am I doing this right?
 
2015-07-22 10:12:44 AM  
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This is his sad look.
 
2015-07-22 10:12:52 AM  

Bob Down: Headline sucks and you suck for submitting it. So does everybody from the country you live in.
Am I doing this right?


Apparently not if someone hasn't died yet.
 
2015-07-22 10:15:44 AM  
Amanda Todd is wondering why you people think this is a new thing.
 
2015-07-22 10:18:42 AM  
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2015-07-22 10:20:29 AM  
so what did he do to piss the trolls off?
 
2015-07-22 10:20:29 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [img.fark.net image 500x740]

This is his sad look.


He's been through a lot. What do you want?
 
2015-07-22 10:26:41 AM  

JRoo: Trolls are wonderful human beings and usually right.


8/10
 
2015-07-22 10:32:19 AM  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [img.fark.net image 500x740]

This is his sad look.

He's been through a lot. What do you want?


If it was me, the last thing I would do is have my picture in an article about how I was bullied online.
Especially that picture.
 
2015-07-22 10:32:51 AM  

stonelotus: so what did he do to piss the trolls off?


FTFA:
[He] Mr. Misery displayed quirky humor but also contributed offensive comments about child molestation and the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Moreno said those posts were not serious, but he earned the ire of some users.

All I can say is that their behavior has nothing to do with "trolls" and this isn't the definition of a troll.
Also, I can say that his behavior would probably evoke the same response from people in real life - not that it excuses their behavior, but it has nothing to do with the internet either.
In certain places, making offensive 9/11 or child molestation comments would definitely get you a beatdown.
 
2015-07-22 10:34:08 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [img.fark.net image 500x740]


He's a great example of how poor posture can affect your appearance.  Pull those shoulders back a little and it'd help a lot.
 
2015-07-22 10:41:10 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [img.fark.net image 500x740]

This is his sad look.

He's been through a lot. What do you want?

If it was me, the last thing I would do is have my picture in an article about how I was bullied online.
Especially that picture.


"Be more confident, stupid!"
 
2015-07-22 10:54:54 AM  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [img.fark.net image 500x740]

This is his sad look.

He's been through a lot. What do you want?

If it was me, the last thing I would do is have my picture in an article about how I was bullied online.
Especially that picture.

"Be more confident, stupid!"


Stay out of this, Mc Clure, or we'll have to discuss a certain fish fetishist.
 
2015-07-22 11:01:46 AM  
It's really about ethics in gaming journalism.
 
2015-07-22 11:38:01 AM  
Do they also live under bridges?
 
2015-07-22 11:52:47 AM  
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2015-07-22 11:58:26 AM  
He looks like a real stelek.
 
2015-07-22 12:11:42 PM  
Technically, the 'victim' was the attempted troll - the other parties involved were stalkers/harassers.  It's important to note 'attempted troll', because the individual in question lost his self-management and attempted to kill himself.  Had he taken a different approach, while still involving the police, etc, he would've successfully trolled the unstable stalkers/harassers.
 
2015-07-22 02:15:10 PM  
I submitted this yesterday, with a better headline. Submitter you troll me.
 
2015-07-22 02:24:43 PM  
Ah, cyber bullies, a classic.

CSB:
Back in the late 90's during the waning days of Usenet and email spam, Terri DiSito the Tickle biatch (later revealed to be a dude) brought down Virginia Tech's email system a few times targeting me.

Another trolling biatch tried to convince the Virginia Tech provost that I was such a horrible, bad person I was going to get VT banned from all IRC networks everywhere.
 
2015-07-22 04:53:22 PM  

give me doughnuts: It's really about ethics in gaming journalism.


No, it's Becky.
 
2015-07-22 05:15:15 PM  

LL316: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [img.fark.net image 500x740]

He's a great example of how poor posture can affect your appearance.  Pull those shoulders back a little and it'd help a lot.


Also, a gentleman does not loosen his tie unless he is taking it off.
 
2015-07-22 05:37:53 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [img.fark.net image 500x740]

This is his sad look.

He's been through a lot. What do you want?

If it was me, the last thing I would do is have my picture in an article about how I was bullied online.
Especially that picture.


32 years old and still living with his parents, why would anyone want to admit that.
 
2015-07-22 05:41:07 PM  

ginandbacon: "Now"?

I'm pretty sure this isn't a new phenomenon.

fluffy2097: It's fine. It's not like it's a woman who was harassed.

Oh. I guess now it matters.


To him it's all that matters.
 
2015-07-22 05:50:07 PM  

picturescrazy: I wish there were different terms for this type of troll and the harmless type of troll that posts dumb questions to TFD.


Cyberbully.  Old time trolls weren't into taking their disputes into the real world.  Cyberbullies, who often are nothing more than entitled brats, have no problem taking their shiat to the real world and have no concern for any harm it would cause. sometimes even when they are caught and punished, they still do their shiat when they get back out like this dumbass.
 
2015-07-22 06:15:30 PM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: [img.fark.net image 500x740]


thanks for wasting a good hour of my time (so far).  1.  I didn't realize you could upload images to Deep Dream yet.  2. I definitely didn't know there was a project to generate Deep Dream video.

Fear and Loathing.

it's only a matter  of time before someone starts doing Deep Dream porn
 
2015-07-22 08:26:58 PM  
Mr. Misery displayed quirky humour but also contributed offensive comments about child molestation and the 9/11, attacks. Moreno said those posts were not serious, but he earned the ire of some users.
[...]
Mr. Misery was banned from the forum in January 2012 for flooding it with messages, but William Moreno continued to post under other usernames.


What's with autism and pedophilia?
 
2015-07-22 08:28:59 PM  
Oh here's the actual post:

Mr. Misery Wrote:
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> one time, I was farking this baby up the ass, it
> was crying so I started shaking it. It stopped
> crying, I came inside it, put it back in its crib,
> then climbed out the window. I wonder what ever
> happened to that baby.


Cool dude.
 
2015-07-22 10:29:38 PM  

spamdog: Oh here's the actual post:

Mr. Misery Wrote:
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> one time, I was farking this baby up the ass, it
> was crying so I started shaking it. It stopped
> crying, I came inside it, put it back in its crib,
> then climbed out the window. I wonder what ever
> happened to that baby.

Cool dude.


So a swing and a miss...

While the family was preparing dinner one night, he took a kitchen knife and attempted to slit his wrists. He was rushed to the hospital.
 
2015-07-22 11:45:42 PM  
Malevolent trollingwould make a good band name.
 
2015-07-23 12:12:48 AM  

Lumber Jack Off: Malevolent trollingwould make a good band name.


Trolling You Gently
 
2015-07-23 03:46:05 AM  

LL316: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [img.fark.net image 500x740]

He's a great example of how poor posture can affect your appearance.  Pull those shoulders back a little and it'd help a lot.


He looks like he's wearing a shirt and tie for the first time in his life.
 
2015-07-23 05:15:23 AM  
This is why we can't have nice things.

Offline life, subby? Back in my day, it was Real Life because the internet wasn't real. It certainly wasn't public. It was precisely why you could be an asshole on net. Who cared? You would never ever meet JeanLuc455 from alt.binaries.st-tng.pics in real life, and if you did it would probably not come up in conversation. It was something really special, like a secret place. No wiretapping, everyone was lurking, no moderation, free exchange of ideas with little if any filter. You didn't have to worry if some troll comment you posted, chuckled and then immediately forgot about would be commented on freaking tv, posted on Facebook and Twitter for everyone to see. It all lived in a box only a few people knew how to use.

Then, one day, after some kids grew up after spending every waking moment on the internet (which means I helped create part of the problem), it BECAME public life. Now I can't say a King of a certain country is a jerk, or post a picture of a free cat ... all because some people view the internet as a huge part of their life. Now the internet is one big aol chatroom. Seriously.

Im not offended, just saying. Thank god I can simply not go to the websites I don't like, and stay not offended.

You are the problem if you get offended over something a troll does on the internet.
 
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