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October 20th, 2006
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The Internet is for anonymous misbehavior
For very nearly the entire population of this planet -- unless you're dying in Darfur, anyway -- the world is not in fact conspiring against you.

But it can be awful easy to think so when multiple and apparently unrelated negative incidents start conveniently piling up.

I am quite cranky right now, thankyewverymuch. It's not enough that I'm on my 15th consecutive day of work; it's not enough that the president of my country of birth and residence has just made a right that we've taken for granted since the 13th century optional. No, no. Now random strangers on the Internet are misbehaving in my direction. Now it's personal:

  1. First, I got an anonymous comment on a three-year old post. This is not sinister by itself; people stumble across the strangest corners of the Internet via Google all the time. But this is only the second comment I've gotten on a post that old, and both comments have been to the same one.

    The most likely conclusion to draw here that someone is linking to the post in question. So, who? Why? LJ, alas, has nothing like trackbacks or sitemeter, and I'm not having any luck Googling an answer. This mystery is bugging me a lot more than the commenters are.

  2. Second, I discovered that some jerk is trying to assume my identity over at baxil dot blogspot dot com. I'm not linking because it seems fairly likely that this is a splog -- a mostly-automated attempt by some bastard to spew out stolen content for the sole purpose of getting links, clicks, and advertising dollars. Except in this case, all of the content is mine, along with the name. I've already notified Blogspot, but it's still getting under my skin.

  3. Third, someone has been repeatedly deleting the Draconity FAQ link from the Wikipedia article on draconity. Of the three anonymous misbehaviors, this is the least noteworthy -- but because it's a targeted and willful act (there are other links on the page which haven't been touched, and this is at least the third iteration), it's also the creepiest.

    srsly WTF? Is somebody out there harboring an Internet grudge against me, and being petty and chicken enough about it to try to get at me through ... removing a Wikipedia link to me? I do declare, I may have to go lie down a spell.*

I don't know what else to say about this shit. ... No, not shit; it barely rises to the level of momentary irritation. But I'm just so worn down right now that I'm letting the cumulative effect get to me; I genuinely have to vent.

And, hell, maybe by posting about it I can get some answers.

* And giggle.

Current Location: ~journal
Current Mood: crankycranky
Current Music: DJ Panzah Zandahz, "At Ease"

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Date:October 20th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)

Regarding tracking back LJ pageviews..

There's a free service at ljtoys which gives you a webbug link to sneak in your profile page. I could include that bug right in this very comment, were I so inclined - you'd see it in the HTML if you get your comments emailed, but readers of your journal wouldn't. And I'd see every hit to that link, by date and time, and IP address. Which is then cross-referenced by known LJ names.

You might find such a service useful in narrowing down visitors linking to one of your pages. It takes very little time to set up, and as I mentioned, it's free.

(Who, me? Oh. I read my friendsfriends regularly. Our friendslists have some overlap. :)
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Date:October 21st, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)

Re: Regarding tracking back LJ pageviews..

Thanks for the tip. I don't believe it would be useful in this particular case, as this is very likely to be a link from outside LJ, but it's good to know the service exists. (Even if a quick visit to the link suggests what you're talking about is a paid feature?)

Ultimately, I suspect that Eljay is just kind of screwed on this one -- it's in the limbo between websites, which give you SiteMeter and include referrer information, and blogs, which do the same thing via trackbacks.

But one way or the other, thanks for speaking up! Friending reciprocated, so at least some good will come out of this whole mess. :)
Date:October 21st, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)

Re: Regarding tracking back LJ pageviews..

You're very welcome, and yes, good to think that neat interactions may be the result of people behaving in manners uncouth. :)

I've only been playing with the free ljtoy stuff for a few days. What it gives you is IP addresses, and their DNSes - for instance, I can see a friend of mine who has no journal read specific entries today, at certain times. I know he's a RL friend because I know where he works, and the odds anybody else there would be reading my journal are quite slim. (shrug) Not foolproof, but informative.
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Date:October 20th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
net.stalkers suck. Random creepy behavior from anonymous strnagers sucks as well. I hope they get kidnapped by aliens.
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Date:October 20th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
No aliens do not deserve such a terrible fate. I hope they get abducted by Bush.
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Date:October 20th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
Even net.stalkers don't deserve such a terrible fate. I hope Bush gets kidnapped by Bush.
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Date:October 21st, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)
You know, legally he could do that, too. The problem could also be the solution here.
Date:October 21st, 2006 05:53 am (UTC)
Have any enemies in Australia? The first Wiki editor's IP address resolves to gorgo.its.deakin.edu.au which looks like a shared system. The second goes to comindico.com.au, an ISP. Its wiki history also shows an interest in Chaos Magick, and possibly something against artist Mark Bell by having deleted a paragraph on him.
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Date:October 23rd, 2006 06:28 am (UTC)
Thanks for the research.
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