Feb 09 2014

The Cyber Spirits Favor Her

A little conversation about the denial-of-service attack on Freethought Blogs, Skepchick, and Feminist Frequency. With libel for…spice?

The Storify is here if you can’t read the embed.


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  1. 1
    Marcus Ranum

    FTB uses vitriol to get traffic

    By “vitriol” I assume she means “interesting content”?

  2. 2
    Wowbagger, Designated Snarker

    Marcus Ranum wrote:

    By “vitriol” I assume she means “interesting content”?

    Given Sara’s history you can never know what she means by any word she uses. Well, apart from ‘TED Fellow’…

  3. 3

    The vitriol approach certainly seems to be working for Sara.


  4. 4
    Improbable Joe, bearer of the Official SpokesGuitar

    Considering that I had never heard of her until she started shitting on people for no goddamned reason, I’d say that Mayhew is an expert in vitriol… but mostly in projection.

  5. 5
    Ryan Cunningham

    Here’s how to know when you’re acting like a jerk: you’re fighting with David Gorski. That guy is the sweetest, most soft spoken, focused and hard working skeptic I can think of (except maybe Steve Novella.) I’m not saying he’s a saint, but his patience and compassion on the whole Burzynski ordeal border on supernatural. If you’ve drawn his ire, you messed up somewhere.

  6. 6
    Irène Delse, on dry land among seabirds

    It’s a minor inconsistancy, but interesting: at one time, Sara Mayhew is throwing Feminist Frequency under the bus with Skepchick and FtB, then she seems to exonerate at least that website:

    5:41 PM “these three sites don’t know how to handle their troll problem (my emphasis)

    9:47PM “I feel sorry for @femfreq getting DDoS”.

    Maybe she should make up her mind.

  7. 7
    Ryan Cunningham

    Irene, she’s talking out of both sides of her mouth. This isn’t an accidental inconsistency. She did the math. She knows how many bridges she’s burned in the skeptic community. Feminist Frequency has a wider audience in the geek community. That @ mention wasn’t an accident.

  8. 8

    Once again, I read about things she says and am forced to ask: WHY is Sara Mayhew?

  9. 9

    Cathy Young is the one who accused Amanda Marcotte of wanting to deny legal presumption of innocence to accused rapists, isn’t she?

    And, funny how Mayhew is back to whining about supposed terrible things that have been allegedly said about her once upon a time. Oddly, despite her recent vitriolic attacks on Rebecca Watson (“cuntmouthed moron,” anyone?) I wouldn’t rationalize as “understandable” anyone who DDOS’d her.

  10. 10

    Anyone else having issues with Storify? Maybe they’re trying to DoS Storify now?

  11. 11

    Never mind, it came back while I was writing the previous comment.

  12. 12

    @changerofbits, as someone who has written code using the Storify API I can confirm it is up and down like the Assyrian Empire … Seems to be more due to them than DoS!

  13. 13

    I would like to know two things, can someone ask TED for me?

    1) Is TED Fellow a lifetime appointment?

    2) What would constitute “Any behavior that could bring discredit to the TED Fellows program”


  14. 14

    @pneumo, interesting, you’d think buying fake Twitter followers to artificially raise your social media profile. Harass other tweeps so much that Twitter suspend your account for abuse and making obviously false claims, including anti-Semitism, would be enough?

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