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Rachael
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Re: Sockpuppets on t'other forum

Post by Rachael » 8 Oct 2019 12:47

It all depends how you use Twitter, I think. Mine is completely non-toxic and a source of support and true friendships. It helps if there is a specific community you belong to as they can often be self-reinforcing in terms of tone and respect.

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Re: Sockpuppets on t'other forum

Post by michael » 8 Oct 2019 13:29

It doesn't really matter how YOU use Twitter as much as how the presidents of large countries use Twitter to announce policy shifts without consulting their advisors. And other governments and non-governments fund bots and trolls to spread fake news and discord in foreign countries or domestic 'enemies'.

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Re: Sockpuppets on t'other forum

Post by Rachael » 8 Oct 2019 13:41

michael wrote:
8 Oct 2019 13:29
It doesn't really matter how YOU use Twitter as much as how the presidents of large countries use Twitter to announce policy shifts without consulting their advisors. And other governments and non-governments fund bots and trolls to spread fake news and discord in foreign countries or domestic 'enemies'.
Don’t disagree with any of that. Just pointing out that it’s not all horrific. Of course, if the fate of the world depending on closing it down, I’d make my peace with that.

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Re: Sockpuppets on t'other forum

Post by michael » 8 Oct 2019 14:15

Rachael wrote:
8 Oct 2019 13:41
Just pointing out that it’s not all horrific. Of course, if the fate of the world depending on closing it down, I’d make my peace with that.
Well it is possibly more toxic than CFCs :wink:

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Re: Sockpuppets on t'other forum

Post by ForestHull » 8 Oct 2019 14:32

Rachael wrote:
7 Oct 2019 12:44
I've never understood the point of blocking people on Twitter, unless they are actively trolling you or being abusive (which I've never done, I hasten to add).
But you blocked me. I don't believe I was ever rude or abusive, or do much on Twitter really.

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Re: Sockpuppets on t'other forum

Post by Rachael » 8 Oct 2019 15:12

ForestHull wrote:
8 Oct 2019 14:32
Rachael wrote:
7 Oct 2019 12:44
I've never understood the point of blocking people on Twitter, unless they are actively trolling you or being abusive (which I've never done, I hasten to add).
But you blocked me. I don't believe I was ever rude or abusive, or do much on Twitter really.
I did indeed block you, and I told you why when you emailed me at the time. It was at the time when I took my account private because I was worried about CB planting sock puppets there (which he may well have done, but he has since given me assurances in another context that he would never attack me, so I have stopped trying to hunt them down). I blocked you because there were questions at the time about whether or not your accounts were CB sock puppets. That was a very specific situation and I was completely upfront about it when you contacted me.

If you're still blocked, it's only because I forgot to unblock you.

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Re: Sockpuppets on t'other forum

Post by ForestHull » 8 Oct 2019 16:39

Rachael wrote:
8 Oct 2019 15:12
your accounts
Possibly a typo, but I have only one Twitter account. And it is still blocked. Oh well.

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Re: Sockpuppets on t'other forum

Post by Rachael » 8 Oct 2019 17:28

ForestHull wrote:
8 Oct 2019 16:39
Rachael wrote:
8 Oct 2019 15:12
your accounts
Possibly a typo, but I have only one Twitter account. And it is still blocked. Oh well.
I was referring also to your SE23Life account. I’ve unblocked you now.

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Re: Sockpuppets on t'other forum

Post by ForestHull » 8 Oct 2019 17:37

Thank you.

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Re: Sockpuppets on t'other forum

Post by starman » 8 Oct 2019 22:39

Rachael wrote:
8 Oct 2019 15:12
I was worried about CB planting sock puppets there
The whole ugly Flavabaker episode had one positive (or is it negative) outcome for me. I now have a healthy distrust of online media accounts. If I suspect a sock puppet, or a Twitter bot I am more inclined to go with my gut instinct.

Guilty until proven innocent.

There are too many people out there wishing to deceive and go to great lengths to do so. Only tonight I discovered someone had created a FB account in my image in an attempt to scam my friends. Thankfully FB helped in detecting this. For god's sake... there is a reality TV show out there which glorifies catfishing.

So if I block you... it's likely not personal.

:wink:

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Re: Sockpuppets on t'other forum

Post by promofaux » 9 Oct 2019 10:08

starman wrote:
8 Oct 2019 22:39
Rachael wrote:
8 Oct 2019 15:12
I was worried about CB planting sock puppets there
The whole ugly Flavabaker episode had one positive (or is it negative) outcome for me. I now have a healthy distrust of online media accounts. If I suspect a sock puppet, or a Twitter bot I am more inclined to go with my gut instinct.
I was listening earlier to Phillip Pullman talking on Adam Buxton's podcast about this kind of thing. I particularly liked the part where he said this:
I suppose the thing to do is don't do anything stupid on Twitter, or Facebook or online at all. Realise that there are people watching you do this, so don't give away any secrets, don't be needlessly rude to people. Because it's so difficult to understand how it works... Well actually one way of doing it would be to be superstitious about it this is the realm of devils, of invisible entities that don't bear you any good will, so just be careful how you go
Emphasis mine. Seems relevant here.

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Re: Sockpuppets on t'other forum

Post by starman » 9 Oct 2019 11:32

promofaux wrote:
9 Oct 2019 10:08
I was listening earlier to Phillip Pullman talking on Adam Buxton's podcast about this kind of thing. I particularly liked the part where he said this:
Good link. Thanks.

I broadly agree with you. In posting, I always ask myself "what would my father say" if he were to read this. That tempers a lot of my posts and how i relate to people. But he would also tell me to step up and defy facist behaviour, or defend those least able to defend themselves.

Unfortunately that practice may be seen as rude by some.

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Re: Sockpuppets on t'other forum

Post by JGD » 11 Oct 2019 10:39

ForestHull wrote:
8 Oct 2019 17:37
Thank you.
In the current mood of unblocking, my thousand year ban on SE23 and SE26 was set to zero a few months ago and then some individual promptly re-imposed a ten year ban. Interestingly I still have a thousand year ban on SE6.

Show some benevolence - unblock members of our communities on all of the .life sites.

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Re: Sockpuppets on t'other forum

Post by JGD » 11 Oct 2019 11:19

Nic wrote:
7 Oct 2019 10:12
Over the course of the last week, he's used his various Twitter accounts (including SE23life and SE23lifeChris) to have - totally unsolicited and unprovoked - passive aggressive pops at JGD, Save Duncombe Hill Green, LewishamLowdown, JaneCanDoSE4 and "other local forums" (overtly meaning forums other than SE26life and SE23life). He's also championed a Twitter account run by a man who has publicly used the most vile language to describe me and others in the community. Perhaps he's going through another sustained period of sleep deprivation.
Apologies - just catching up after a few days out of town looking after some family matters.

I see Nic has included me in the list of passive-aggressive CB targets.

Moi ?

My gasts have never been so flabbered missus.

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Re: Sockpuppets on t'other forum

Post by JGD » 11 Oct 2019 11:33

starman wrote:
8 Oct 2019 22:39
...

Guilty until proven innocent.

There are too many people out there wishing to deceive and go to great lengths to do so. Only tonight I discovered someone had created a FB account in my image in an attempt to scam my friends. Thankfully FB helped in detecting this. For god's sake... there is a reality TV show out there which glorifies catfishing.
Starman - just spotted ForestHull has been added to the SE23.life Mod Team.

This against a background of you expressing interest and seeking clarification on what the role entails - a clarification as yet not provided it would seem.

Is there an unasked question here or even two?

Is such clarification to be provided ?

And has CB appointed ForestHull on the basis that he has asked no such awkward questions and thereby CB has deemed the appointee to be another compliant soul in CBWorld?

I think we should know.

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Re: Sockpuppets on t'other forum

Post by stuart » 11 Oct 2019 19:58

JGD wrote:
11 Oct 2019 11:33
Starman - just spotted ForestHull has been added to the SE23.life Mod Team.
Congratulations/commiserations as appropriate ForestHull. Hopefully as a member of this forum you will be in a good position to tell us when it is safe to return.

Living in hope,
Stuart

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Re: Sockpuppets on t'other forum

Post by Nic » 12 Oct 2019 13:30

JGD wrote:
11 Oct 2019 11:33
And has CB appointed ForestHull on the basis that he has asked no such awkward questions and thereby CB has deemed the appointee to be another compliant soul in CBWorld?
Considering every single person I spoke to during the Flava Baker debacle had suspicions around ForestHull - at worst a CB sock puppet, at best a CB handmaiden - I don't think this appointment will instil much confidence in those seeking a neutral, CB-free forum. But then, I'm not sure anyone really cares about the forum full stop anymore.
JGD wrote:
11 Oct 2019 10:39
Show some benevolence - unblock members of our communities on all of the .life sites.
Apart from JGD maybe...? :wink:

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Re: Sockpuppets on t'other forum

Post by stuart » 14 Oct 2019 10:43

Nic wrote:
12 Oct 2019 13:30
Considering every single person I spoke to during the Flava Baker debacle had suspicions around ForestHull - at worst a CB sock puppet, at best a CB handmaiden - I don't think this appointment will instil much confidence in those seeking a neutral, CB-free forum. But then, I'm not sure anyone really cares about the forum full stop anymore.
Two points:

First I care passionately about local forums - I don't think anyone can doubt that. SE23.life was a great innovation, it's mission statement was wonderful and it rightly attracted a group of great people to run it - closely followed by nearly all the SE23.COM posters. Success should have been complete with all that support and goodwill. Where did it all go wrong? How come this thread has now eclipsed the old "Exile from the North" critique of SE23.COM in both length and veracity? Is the cause all the people here or the one person there? As I keep repeating, to little effect, Chris' true enemy is not us but himself needlessly misjudging, antagonising and then illegitimately attacking people who should have been supportive. Then casting himself as the hapless victim should there be any pushback.

Secondly - I was one who suspected you ForestHull of being a CB sockpuppet. It's a sad state of affairs when anyone voicing similar views in a similar way has to be regarded as guilty until proven otherwise. Why - because of the numerous occasions when investigation has shown fake accounts that can be traced back to CB and the way they were used to try and subvert free discussion. But unlike Nic I have hope your participation in the moderation team is an opportunity. CB won't listen to people he has labelled 'enemies of the People/Forest Hill/CB' - perhaps it will take a friend to begin to advise him what is best in both his own self-interest and that of SE23.life.

That's application of the Forum rules without fear or favour to everyone. It can be done if the rest of the moderation team collectively want it enough. Either with or without CB. In the end that's his choice. But until then SE23.life effectively excludes people and discussion it shouldn't and so diminishes itself (and CB).

Stuart

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