Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The Good, The Bad And The Downright Rude

It's strange how people can be so different in their attitudes. One might be out running errands on a Saturday morning, dropping off alterations for example, and have car problems. Some people are all too happy to help, running around finding jump leads - others quite the opposite.

It's the same on the Internet, where the relative anonymity allows people to behave in ways that they wouldn't in the 'real world'. Human nature being what it is, some people are happier to continue convincing themselves that their ideas have merit, rather than accept fact based evidence or logic.

Resorting to harassment as a means of deflecting attention is, of course a rather silly idea, with the police far more willing to issue warnings - Police Information Notices - to trolls these days.

We all know I have been threatened myself with this despite the fact that I don't troll or harass, and have been waiting for several months, but some people do troll and harass.

In case the perpetrator is blissfully unaware of what harassment is, writing five blog posts on one subject (about which they have no direct knowledge incidentally) in one day qualifies as harassment. Using someone else's name without their permission qualifies as harassment. There are also laws covering libel, which can be a problem when you insist on writing about a subject you know nothing about.

For a Police Information Notice to be issued, it is also necessary to show a "course of conduct", which apparently means showing that it is not just one event. A thirteen month campaign qualifies with ease.

I trust this friendly advice will see an end to this. Ignoring and blocking worked fine, but when it is brought to my attention that legal boundaries are being crossed, action is needed. 

In the event that it continues, I'll be interested to hear form anyone else who has crossed paths with this individual. Thanks to those who have already provided valuable advice and information. I do know that there are good people out there too.     

1 comment:

John Buchanan said...

Hi, I'm John from BetOnTarget.com

Setting aside past discussion about what we do I'd like to let you know that should the need arise I have quite a bit of information related to this.

The person you are referring to (@JonnyGrossmark) has been on a trolling campaign against me for a long time. As well as all the baseless accusations and harassment I have logged I also have a few skeletons in his closet that he doesn't like to talk about.

I diffused a very tense situation back when had
privileges on our forum that allowed him to view user details. He lost those privileges an and was banned when a user asked a few questions and Jonny decided to use that privileged and data protected Information on his blog site to harass and belittle a member. In recent months he has contacted me threatening legal action if I didn't hand over protected data to him.

It's the tip of the iceberg. If you need anything, just let me know and I'll be happy to forward everything on to you and discuss.