I am being taunted. There have been a couple of promising occurrences in the ongoing battle with trolls that I should find encouraging, but I really don’t.
On Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 8:35 PM, Dick Costolo wrote:
We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years. It’s no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day.
I’m frankly ashamed of how poorly we’ve dealt with this issue during my tenure as CEO. It’s absurd. There’s no excuse for it. I take full responsibility for not being more aggressive on this front. It’s nobody else’s fault but mine, and it’s embarrassing.
We’re going to start kicking these people off right and left and making sure that when they issue their ridiculous attacks, nobody hears them.
Everybody on the leadership team knows this is vital.
Everyone knows that Twitter has taken some PR hits for their worthless abuse policies, and all of us have seen that their efforts so far have been focused on making it ever harder to report abuse. We know it, and they know it. They’ve known it for years. It’s nice to see Costolo doing some token self-flagellation over it, but you know how much confidence I have that they’ll actually do anything effective? About as much confidence as I have in the second coming of Jesus.
In other news, one of the most notorious trolls of all time, Dennis Markuze, is getting sentenced today. He’s up on three charges: “a violation of the conditions of his sentence, the criminal harassment of one of the eight people he threatened and a threat made toward the investigator who arrested him the second time.” He has pled guilty in the court, but outside the court, to the press, he’s singing a different tune.
The charges laid on me are based on hearsay and conjecture. I am being charged for my controversial ideas, not for any offence,Markuze wrote.The condition to not debate on forums is a direct violation of my fundamental human rights. This condition must be removed. I’m a writer who engages in debate with the power of words, not force of arms.
Right. The power of words. Here are the last few “powerful” words he sent me.
[link to slymepit removed]
THE GRINDING SOUNDS OF A MOVEMENT IN DISINTEGRATION
Thought you might be interested. It is growing to EPIC PROPORTIONS and you are all over it
Things have been cleared up a bit.
But we want to show why God has decided to push the Armageddon switch
It must be seen by millions as examples and warnings against serious crimes against God
to the Parasites, Liars, Snitches, Puppets. and Blasphemers!
it just keeps growing
scroll to near the bottom
millions and millions will see
the biggest event since the coming of Jesus Christ
You get the idea. Gloating puffery and spamming of the same old links, over and over again, under different names: Arnold Ruge, Dave Bauer, Max Stirner, operationarchangel9, Dave Joes, Paul Timothy, David Mabus, and more. He’s a terrible, repetitive liar, and he’s such a bad writer that, Tim Farley to the contrary, nobody would bother reading any hypothetical site he might set up, except to point and laugh. He relies entirely on spamming to get his brief, bellowing messages read, and he hasn’t changed in 20 years: it’s all about James Randi owing him a million dollars, about the imminent violent death of atheists and skeptics, and Depeche Mode videos.
He was sentenced for this activity before, and he spent some time in a hospital getting treated for substance abuse and mental health problems. He was also under a very strict finger-wagging from a judge to not use social networks any more. Hah, that was a laugh: I have still been getting the same old crap from him at regular intervals.
I have been getting death threats and raging tantrums from Dennis Markuze since somewhere around 1993-94. It was amusing for about a week. I am glad that Tim Farley has been active in getting the Markuze problem addressed, but at the same time I think it’s an exercise in futility. Markuze is going to hear “tut, tut” from a judge again, and he’s going to go right back to it.
I’ve been at this too long, and I have become cynical. I see Costolo and a Montreal court making noises, and all I feel is resignation and despair. The one thing I’m confident of is that the daily deluge of hate will continue to arrive at my door, and it will continue to be from the same obsessed assholes, confident that they will not be stopped.