June 15, 2003

Harrassment warning

There's a person calling himself "Sparky" who has been posting nasty comments on my site* and has refused to cease doing so despite repeated demands and bannings of several IPs he has used. A quick whois search of the url (sparkmonkey.com) he left in his blog comments info brought up this information:

Domain Name.......... sparkmonkey.com
Creation Date........ 2002-01-16
Registration Date.... 2002-01-16
Expiry Date.......... 2004-01-16
Organisation Name.... Jesse Paulsen
Organisation Address. [removed]
Organisation Address. Madison
Organisation Address. [removed]
Organisation Address. WI
Organisation Address. UNITED STATES
Admin Name........... Jesse Paulsen
Admin Address........ [removed]
Admin Address........ Madison
Admin Address........ [removed]
Admin Address........ WI
Admin Address........ UNITED STATES
Admin Email.......... jesse_paulsen@sparkmonkey.com
Admin Phone.......... [removed]
Tech Name............ Jesse Paulsen
Tech Address......... [removed]
Tech Address......... Madison
Tech Address......... [removed]
Tech Address......... WI
Tech Address......... UNITED STATES
Tech Email........... jesse_paulsen@sparkmonkey.com
Tech Phone........... [removed]

Here are the several IP addresses that showed as his that I have banned:

I wonder what the law says regarding someone who refuses to stop harrassing someone on the internet?

*He first graced my site with his presence here. As you can see, he started right off with the sweet talk. Then nothing for ages; I thought he had gotten the message to fuck off. I guess not. I think there is a pattern to this, but I am not sure what it is, nor do I much care.

Posted by Andrea Harris at June 15, 2003 12:52 AM

He takes it very personally that you do not think exactly as he does, m'dear.

I mean, really now, who wouldn't? You're such a nasty one. Independent, questioning authority, thinking-for-yourself woman and all. What's not to hate?

Posted by: Dean Esmay at June 15, 2003 at 04:19 AM

There's a University at Madison. Maybe this guy is a freshman who hasn't figured out how to behave like an adult.
Or a juvenile professor?

Posted by: Ralph at June 15, 2003 at 07:21 AM

I lived next to Madison for two years. What a zoo.

And your troll is a typical example of a common Madison type, unfortunately.

Posted by: craig henry at June 15, 2003 at 08:48 AM

Yup. It's no coincidence that Donna Shalala was the chancellor at UW-Madison.

Posted by: Ian S. at June 15, 2003 at 12:23 PM

I'm with you and Jim on this, Andrea. I want the Internet to quit sucking. My lament has been why do some people just suck the joy out of living and want everyone else to be as miserable as they are. And, when we're not, they do their utmost to make us miserable. They argue for the sake of argument and their circular logic is unfathomable. There are so many comment sections that I know the "trolls" and just scroll through. However, the trolls have become so abundant as of late, I rarely even go to comments anymore. Just another right that is being taken away from some of us. It seems there really are those who only want free speech for themselves and noone else.

Posted by: Kathy at June 15, 2003 at 04:02 PM

You can search his IPs here -
I'd post what I looked up, but it's a damn lot and it's easy enough to submit the IPs for yourself. Anyway, if he keeps pesting you could see about getting his ISPs to shut him up. I've got pests of my own. I just don't get the jollies this type get from being a pain in the ass. I've had to block huge IP blocks just to get them to get the hint, which, of course, blocks a tone of legitimate people to.

Fuckers. Get 'em Andrea.

Posted by: Red at June 16, 2003 at 05:25 AM

I'm lucky -- the IP ranges I've had to block are used by some kind of anonymizer service that's just tailor-made for trolls. Maybe some people with legitimate privacy issues are blocked, but since I'm not a 1,000-a-day site I'm not likely to attract such people in the first place.

And maybe the sudden Silence of the Troll on my blog can serve as an example to others.

Posted by: McGehee at June 16, 2003 at 08:01 AM

I don't have a live Comments secion for this precise reason. Yeah, I lose out on a lot of spontaneous discussion. I also get no trolls.

Asswipes. Democrats / assorted socialist scum, most of them, no doubt products of our fine public school system.

Posted by: Kim du Toit at June 16, 2003 at 09:59 AM

I wasn't going to ever comment on your site again Andrea, and not because you posted information that's always been publicly available to anyone; just because I didn't want to anymore.

But now I just got a phone call from one of your readers, on a very poor cell phone signal that kept cutting out, calling me an asshole for posting on your site. Nice. And you people dare to call others anonymous cowards?

I don't intend to ever comment on your blog ever again, as per your wishes. However, every time some mewling coward decides to give me a prank call, you'll be hearing from me. Advise your readership as you choose.

Posted by: Sparky at June 16, 2003 at 03:54 PM

Nevermind that last paragraph. I will never be posting on your site again, no matter what. I'm really not trying to harass you.

I have contacted my local police, and they will be providing me with a case number so my telephone company can put a call trace on my line. After this is in place, any further anonymous abusive telephone calls will be referred to the police.

I hope this is the last any of us will hear from each other.

Posted by: Sparky at June 16, 2003 at 04:17 PM

Whoa. Just... whoa!

Posted by: Venomous Kate at June 16, 2003 at 04:24 PM

Nice job, Andrea! I'm going to have to revise my anti-troll tactics after seeing the effectiveness of your method....

Posted by: Mike at June 16, 2003 at 04:51 PM

Andrea, I hope you found a way to get Gumble to make that call.

Posted by: McGehee at June 16, 2003 at 05:18 PM

Sweet. You know, you shine a little light on the roaches and they run for cover. So long, Sparky! Like all cowards he runs for cover at the first sign of trouble. (Hmmm, perhaps he is of French descent?

Posted by: John McCrarey at June 16, 2003 at 09:11 PM

You pathetic little sycophants. The moment I decide I won't be posting here anymore, you crawl out of the woodwork to call me a coward, taking shots at my back as I leave.

As for your statements of approval for the anonymous caller, unlike my comments on this web site, that call was very clearly harassment in a legal sense, and you're encouraging illegal behavior.

I sincerely don't want to ever post here again. Not because Andrea posted my already publicly available information, and not because some idiot fan of hers decided to call my home, but just because I think you're all ignorant and not worth my time. If you doubt that, come visit Madison some time. It's obviously not too difficult to find me, and I'm certainly not afraid to meet you sad little people.

If you don't want to hear from me anymore, there's a simple way: say your peace and drop it, but don't try to accuse me of cowardice when it's your little toadies harassing me in my home. All I ever did was post comments to a publicly accessible web site. I never emailed Andrea directly and I certainly never called her. I'm glad to give you all the last word forever, but if your last words are accusations of cowardice, I'll just have to post here forever to prove you wrong. Goodbye, please.

Posted by: Sparky at June 16, 2003 at 09:37 PM

He's from the People's Republik Of Madison. Go figure. Such a kind and tolerant little liberal.

I think he needs a good ass-kicking myself. In the name of peace, justice and tolerance of course.

Posted by: Brent at June 16, 2003 at 10:11 PM

Wow. Consistency certainly isn't a virtue of that cowardly little mind.

"I hope this is the last any of us will hear from each other."

Riiiight. What a load of lying, self-indulgent, crap. If you really didn't want to see us, you would have already deleted this site from your favorites list, where it still no doubt rests on top, so you can check it daily and see what vile vile things these terrible knuckledragging Cro-Magnons are saying about you.

You poor pathetic creature. Get some counseling for that mental disorder you're displaying, will you?

Oh, and lest we forget: You're a fucking cowardly, attention hungry little troll.


Posted by: Eichra Oren at June 16, 2003 at 11:23 PM

I try to think of myself as a rational person, in that I despise and am repulsed by leftists and their ilk for the inanity, intellectual mediocrity and utter stupidity of their ideas, rather than themselves. I think of it as my own little version of political correctness.

However, I see it as a two way street. They are entitled to their own ignorance and I am entitled to rub their collectivist noses in it. If they choose to debate the issue, that is fine, but for fuck's sake, make it interesting or you can all go to hell, you go to hell and you die! (Vale Eric Cartman)

Andrea, congratulations on raising the level by tossing these bastards out. Hey, think about it like this. Could I go in to your home and explain why you are such a fucking idiot, even when your front door is open? No, then try doing it to mine and see what happens.

Posted by: Todd at June 16, 2003 at 11:50 PM

It's kind of pathetic that Andrea would enable comments, post in highly provocative ways about divisive issues, then mount a crusade against those people who use the same sort of language she does in disagreeing with her.

Ooh! I blocked his IP address, but he came back from another address and posted mean words that hurt my brain! It's harrassment! Make him stop!

Heh. It's funny to me how people reveal their inner natures during interactions like this.

Admit it, Andrea: You love this stuff. If you didn't, you'd just disable the comments. You like having people disagreeing with you. It lets you flame them, delete their words, and get your supporters to make (truly) harrassing phonecalls to them.

It's pretty pathological, though.

Posted by: John Callender at June 17, 2003 at 10:44 AM

Yes, Mr. Callendar, it is indeed interesting how people "reveal their inner natures during interactions like this." What do you think you have revealed about your "inner nature?" In any case, I have never hidden my "inner nature" from anyone -- if you had spent any time reading my blog you would have figured that out shortly. By the way, is this the sort of behavior you teach your children?

Posted by: Andrea Harris at June 17, 2003 at 11:04 AM

I'd be happy to respond, except I can't figure out what your point is. If you think I've revealed something interesting about my inner nature with my comment, then please say what it is. I'd probably find it interesting, at least.

I think the inner nature of yours that I was referring to is somewhat different from the one you think you're revealing here. Words I think you might use to describe that nature: Outspoken, brave, opinionated, straight-talking, outrageous, perceptive. Words I might use to describe that nature: insecure, bullying, angry, confused.

And then there's your last sentence. "By the way, is this the sort of behavior you teach your children?" (linking the last phrase to my personal home page, with pictures of Julia and William). Again, I'm hampered in my response by not knowing what your point is. Yeah, I do my best, like all parents do, to teach my kids what I can to help them make their way in the world.

I suppose there might be a darker interpretation of your bringing up my children in this context, given the way this whole discussion concerns your attempts to harrass a person who disagreed with you into not posting in your comments. One might think you were using your final ambiguous statement as a not-so-subtle brush-back pitch, telling me to back off, lest you wig out and do something bad to them.

Let's hope that's not the case. Because if you were trying to do that, it would probably take you beyond the boundaries where people like Kim were willing to support you, and without your supporters chiming in on your behalf I'd have to think this whole exercise would become really pointless even from your perspective.

Posted by: John Callender at June 17, 2003 at 11:39 AM

I have no interest in "doing" anything to your children. What a disgusting thing to say. I think that you reveal yourself to be an unpleasant, suspicious, possibly even misogynist person. And now paranoid as well. I suggest you stay off my website. You and I obviously have nothing to say to each other.

And on that note, I am closing the comments to this post as well. The discussion has reached that point of going nowhere, I do think, that warrants this action.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at June 17, 2003 at 11:45 AM