Joined: May 2006
|Quote (stevestory @ June 09 2007,22:52)|
|Davescot used my name to say awful things on a blog one time. Someone used FtK's name recently at PT. Someone's used Doc Bill at pharyngula recently to post stupid rantings. |
Is this new? I've only become aware of it recently. Is this a new tactic by the trolls, or is there a history of this sort of thing?
It's nothing new to the internet -- the first time I got spoofed was in a chatroom back in 1997. I haven't seen it often on EvC blogs/forums -- or any other serious topic forums really -- until very recently.
I've always found it to be sort of amusing/pathetic. It rarely works -- the kind of mind that thinks "I'll pretend to be X and make them look bad" is almost never capable of pretending to be X well enough to be believed. Especially when acting out of character.
The other primary motivation for it is to get user X banned -- and that works less and less well as the ability to follow and identify users by IP has grown more sophisticated and accessible to less tech savvy forum owners/operators.
I'm all for consistent and/or realname nicks. I use two nicks (one my real name
) because I have two very different internet "lives", so to speak. But both of my nicks are consistent in the areas I use them, and they have no overlap. In any and all forums related to EvC, skepticism, atheism, religion, public health, etc I am PennyBright. In any and all forums related to knitting, writing, hiking, cooking, homemaking, cleaning funny spots with homemade cleansers, etc, I am [redacted by author].
Sort of a school-life vs homelife kind of separation, as it were.
Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood. - Shakespeare (reputedly)