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A story of internet deception

Started by Sallyq, October 16, 2007, 07:15:39 AM

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Sallyq

This would be an amazing story if some of us hadn't already met someone online just like this woman!

http://www.laweekly.com/news/news/the-life-and-death-of-jesse-james/17427/

SharonBell

Un-f-ing believable! What a sicko parasite! :pissed:
"Be good and you'll be lonesome." Mark Twain

www.sharonbuchbinder.com

Ed

What a loon. I wonder if Janet, Maggie, Amoria, or whatever name she's currently going by has read this? Could be the same person, for all we know :scratch:
Planning is an unnatural process - it is much more fun to do something.  The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression. [Sir John Harvey-Jones]

Sallyq

I'm afraid there's probably more than one of them, Ed.

Ed

Quote from: Sallyq on October 16, 2007, 03:09:39 PM
I'm afraid there's probably more than one of them, Ed.

Yep - on a forum I used to frequent a few years ago, the guy who ran it turned out to have ten or more identities on his own forum, both male and female. Each identity would converse with the others and with ordinary forum members on a regular basis. The deception only came to light because he would occasionally lose track of which name he was posting under and say the wrong thing. Eventually a few of us caught on and started putting the pieces together.

The odd part was he would pose as female characters, too, complete with photographs and all, and he, posing as a woman, would flirt with men on the forum.  :idiot:
Planning is an unnatural process - it is much more fun to do something.  The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression. [Sir John Harvey-Jones]

Sallyq

That's got to be tough when it's the forum owner! I mean where would you go to complain? Mind you, that behaviour sounds vaguely familiar. You're not on about who I think you're on about, are you, Ed?  ::)

Probably not. There's definitely more than one of them out there. :grin:

Ed

Quote from: Sallyq on October 16, 2007, 04:10:09 PM
That's got to be tough when it's the forum owner! I mean where would you go to complain? Mind you, that behaviour sounds vaguely familiar. You're not on about who I think you're on about, are you, Ed?  ::)

Probably not. There's definitely more than one of them out there. :grin:


LOL :grin: No, I wasn't talking about him.
Planning is an unnatural process - it is much more fun to do something.  The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression. [Sir John Harvey-Jones]

canadian

Munchausen by Internet, cybersickness, factitious disorder ... since the 'outing' of Lynn/Janet/Margaret et al in writers' forum cyberland last week, I've discovered (with the help of some friends) that cyber schizos are way more prevalent than I ever imagined.

It's creeping me out, big time.

Hmmm ... fodder for some writing, perhaps?
If people stand in a circle long enough, they will eventually begin to dance. -- George Carlin

Geoff_N

At least with Mike Broemmel, his duplicitous personas were a misguided interpretation of contemporary marketing ploys.


canadian

Quote from: Geoff_N on October 17, 2007, 02:46:10 PM
At least with Mike Broemmel, his duplicitous personas were a misguided interpretation of contemporary marketing ploys.


I learned a new word this week ... sockpuppet. THAT'S what Mike was doing, creating sockpuppets!
If people stand in a circle long enough, they will eventually begin to dance. -- George Carlin

SharonBell

Just add a life-like doll (full size, all parts functional) et voila! You have not only a persona, but one you can photograph and post on the web, without running the risk of having your own face recognized.

Hmmm....Sounds like a group story, Donna! :yes:
"Be good and you'll be lonesome." Mark Twain

www.sharonbuchbinder.com

neilmarr

This is fun -- and surprisingly accurate: http://www.hackerfactor.com/GenderGuesser.html#Analyze

Paste in a piece of text and it'll weigh up the likely gender of the author.

Be sure to read how it's done.

I had a surprising result the other day when I fed in the informal part of a note to author Maggie Ball in Australia (it correctly concluded all male)

Then, from the same email, I fed in a formal letter draft I'd written in what I perceived as Maggie's style, purporting to come from Maggie to a TV company (all female)

Cheers. Neil


Sallyq

Yes, sockpuppet is a great word, isn't it? Conjures up all sorts of images!

I tried the gender thing and apparently I'm a weak female...

Ed

I still prefer the term 'clone' - it's more sinister sounding, which I think is fitting, as most times the person is doing it to deceive, and to cause trouble.
Planning is an unnatural process - it is much more fun to do something.  The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression. [Sir John Harvey-Jones]

canadian

But sockpuppet's such a FUN and funny word, isn't it? And most internet deception, when viewed in hindsight, is rather sadly funny.
If people stand in a circle long enough, they will eventually begin to dance. -- George Carlin

Sallyq

Of course, you can't beat that great word 'troll' for describing the nasty little monsters who play these games.

SharonBell

Cybertrolls.

Smaller. Meaner. Dumber than your average troll!
"Be good and you'll be lonesome." Mark Twain

www.sharonbuchbinder.com

Ed

Quote from: SharonBell on October 18, 2007, 04:40:18 PM
Cybertrolls.

Smaller. Meaner. Dumber than your average troll!

Ah, but still spawny-eyed, snot-drizzling, fuckwits? :huh:
Planning is an unnatural process - it is much more fun to do something.  The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression. [Sir John Harvey-Jones]