psparky27 wrote:Like you did in your previous one of which you was an admin. Sounds like your racism got you in a bit of bother there and you migrated over here.
Now Sparky, I don't know exactly what came up when you googled "Snardbafulator" and found my last name, but you surely didn't see that I was an admin. I've never been an admin anywhere. I was a moderator on an IRC channel. If you know anything at all about IRC (which is doubtful), you'd know that channel mods are a dime-a-dozen. It was on freenode, which is a London-based IRC network to support the open source software community. Wikipedia uses it for their help chat and that's how I discovered it, and the sad, dying, troll-infested philosophy channel I helped revive. Freenode is dedicated to open, vigorous, opinionated discussion, but it has as Terms of Service which prohibits hate speech -- which makes sense given UK law.
And I'm totally down with that. I may be a Yank, but I'm not a free speech purist. Racist, homophobic, sexist and other derogatory epithets are not conducive to genuine discussion and my role was to boot and siteban malefactors, which I did. But the trolls on IRC are quite virulent. Sparky, you are as a dewy-eyed babe compared to these sorts of trolls. The channel became infested with a crew from a hardcore racist website whose name I shall not mention to prevent google search hits linking it to the Nest, and their stated goal was to chase off not only moderators, but also freenode admin. They did this through DDoS attacks (I had to reconfigure my router for a dynamic IP), botnet attacks on the channels where we're swarmed with attackers who keep coming in waves, and finally, DOXing -- document drops of not only people's real names, but anything about the person they can dredge up and then grotesquely distort. I was hardly the only victim. But after enough physical threats which referenced my neighborhood, I simply had enough of it. I left because I couldn't stomach the nonstop abuse.
So the "bit of bother" had to do with racism for sure, Sparky.