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Friday, August 30. 2013
Yep, that's your only choice, folks. Either your opinion is godlike — or you're afraid to reveal yourself completely. No other choice will do.
Consequence? So, you read an article that really makes your blood boil, you let the blogger have it with both barrels, then it turns out a devoted acolyte takes severe umbrage at your comment, looks up your real name and hunts your ragged ass down with his 12-gauge shotgun, literally giving you both barrels for daring to call the great god blogger "a lowly scumdog". Ho-hum, just another consequence in the life of the average blog commenter. Or former commenter, in this case.
All of which brings us to the Puffington Host:
It's quite the noble mission, all in all, meeting the highest of standards and setting an exemplary example for blog sites throughout the world. There's only one tiny little piece missing from this otherwise brilliant plan:
Having crossed the line by daring to criticize a right-wing site, Bird Dog, fearful of Maggie's ever-delicate reputation, immediately sent the link to Scott, one of the original three Power Line founders, who cc'd a guy named Joe Malchow, who seemed to be involved somehow, who wrote this back to BD:
Hold that thought for a sec, will ya, boys?
First, a quick hop over to Google GMail to set up a fictitious email account.
Okay, now let's find that "Facebook" place that so many people are talking about.
My, what a handsome gentleman!
Say, I got an idea. Let's go see what's happening over at Power Line!
It's your typical denialist/alarmist hype over what amounts to almost nothing — the upcoming IPCC report. Naturally, New World Citizen Eric Jennings had to step in and add some perspective:
Hey, posting on this exclusive blog site is great! It's like I'm part of some special social club or somethin'!
Say, I wonder how my buddies over at the Puffington Host are doing?
I have no friggin' idea who Tim Cook is, but, being a New World Citizen, I just had to say something.
Thank goodness when HuffPo switches over to real names this Sunday, I'll be able to use my real fake name, rather than that fake "Dr. Mercury" fake name.
From a different article:
Translation: "Our conservative readers are getting closer and closer to the truth!"
And you knew this was coming:
The bottom line is that there is one, and only one, way to make sure people are who they say they are:
Make them legally prove it.
This means bringing in your driver's license to a local bank and paying a Notary Public to print up an authentication, then mail that in to the blog site and after someone's carefully examined the embossed seal, then — and only then — will you be allowed to comment.
It will have to be notarized, because anyone can pop a blank driver's license pic into Paint and add their fake name, address and photo. The tutorial I write on the subject will include both the exact font to use, as well as how to give it that 'washed-out' look, like you just now yanked it out of your wallet and handed it to the Notary Public for copying. When it comes to producing fake stuff, authenticity is everything.
All of which means that the only proof that can exist is in the form of an embossed piece of paper, and that means a dedicated person over at HuffPo verifying the 500 applications they get daily and carefully entering in each new account name and email address by hand. Oh, and don't forget the 1,500 applications that show up on Monday because the local P.O. doesn't deliver first-class mail on Saturday.
Somehow, I just don't see this happening, much less that whole "going to the bank and paying $10" business.
However, what makes the whole thing so interesting is that you wouldn't think they'd flat-out state it's going to be done if they hadn't figured out a way to do it, right?
Or, maybe ol' Arianna was just blowing smoke out of her ass and the whole thing can be filed under the heading of 'wishful thinking' on her part. We'll find out Sunday, and I'll report back with any findings and whether or not my real fake name still works.
Either way, the fact that intelligent people out there actually believe Facebook offers any kind of special validation simply means they've never opened a fake account themselves. As amply demonstrated up above, there's simply no reason to think it's any different than if you were signing up for a secret Klu Klux Klan account. Enter fake name of choice, real email address using a fake name, password; you're good to go.
And here's the real capper:
Facebook, almost alone, doesn't require you to validate your email address. I belong to two Silent Hunter 4 forums, three webmaster forums, two WordPress forums, two high-end computer video forums and two Windows forums, and every single one of them sent me an email with a validation link to click on before acknowledging me as a real, live human being.
On Facebook, all you need to do is fill out that one box, above.
Draw your own conclusions.
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Thanks, bud. I suppose I should note that when she said "next month", that doesn't necessarily mean the 1st. FWIW, there's wasn't any mention of it on their site this morning, but presumably there will be tomorrow if they actually mean the 1st. If they end up accepting scanned driver's licenses, I plan on being the first one with a how-to site.
3. Now select 'Scrub' from the Filters menu and set it to 22%. Hit the 'OK' button and you'll notice how the new text you just added now has that 'used' look to it.
4. Hit the 'Print' button.
I wonder if NewWorldCitizen.com has been taken.
I bet you'd be surprised to learn that Mike is my real first name. It would be pretty easy to figure out who I am with a little google fu.
I hate Facebook comment sections, never even read them anymore. I think the problem is even worse than what you have described above. I think Facebook comment sections really are more similar to a neighborhood coffee klatch. I also think that really thoughtful and sometimes provocative (not necessarily offensive) disappear. The Facebook comment sections just turn into a sort of weird little echo chamber.
But I may go off and set up a new Facebook identity.
So, everyone of my gmail contacts can become a friend without even acknowledging the "friendship?" That means I will have to do some editing of my gmail contact list, but that's just an easy extra step.
It will be easier to vote multiple times than poast to the Huff&Puff.
The use of fake names a thing that must be dealt with severely.
Call Me Ishmael
Meet John Doe
Yep that's really me. Really! I don't like posting anonymously. If I'm going to say something then I should be willing to say it. If I think it's hazardous then I probably won't post. Maybe I'll run afoul of an unknown hazard. Who knows? Life is hazardous. Honesty is rare.
Odd, but Fred isn't mine either.... I found out up on DU, UTNE, and several other 'progress' websites, that using your 'real handle' can be dangerous.
I had even one enlightened commenter proclaim a Fatwa against me and my family! Gosh! First in my neighborhood! WAHOOOOO!!! You can bring the snacks and religious bigotry, I'll bring the Colts and Molotovs....
The World Wide Weird (tm) is a marvelous place, filled with wonder, whimsey, and, weird. Plus, also can be extremly dangerous. Its why I us a Cheech\Chong moniker, and will do so until I can concoct another, if needed....
Bravo, Eric - hope to add you to my Friends list!
"I had even one enlightened commenter proclaim a Fatwa against me and my family!"
How enviable! You and Salman Rushdie -- brothers under the skin!
"Bravo, Eric - hope to add you to my Friends list!"
Wow, that brings his grand total up 9,346 friends and counting! MAN, what a popular guy!
Diane Rigible, perhaps? Goodrich Carp? (Goodrich doesn't HAVE a carp.)
I'm warming to Faye Goodyear, but a copyright thingie may arise....
"trolls have become more and more aggressive and uglier." . . . project much, Arianna?
Unions often require voice votes be taken in the union hall for strikes and other significant issues. Why? To intimidate. If you really want to hear what people believe then let them speak anonymously. If you want to control what people say then make sure the thugs know who they are and where to find them.
I just read an article on HuffPo by their "religion editor" (is a "religion editor" on a secular, liberal site some kind of twisted oxymoron?) and she said Eric should be fine because the old real fake names are going to be grandfathered in. How that addresses the "no more anonymous commenters" rule is anybody's guess. They apparently just meant "from now on".
As for HOW they're going to determine real fake names from fake fake names is going to be done "internally", according to the article. Best guess is that they'll access your computer via the built-in web cam, verify your face against the NSA database, then you'll be good to go.
I have the feeling we'll be hearing from Bill, Eric's brother, before too long. :-)
I saw the same article last night. She also just said "next month", so it's hard to say if they actually mean the 1st or not. You wouldn't think you'd pay a bunch of IT people super-overtime by asking them to work on a national holiday, so it's hard to say.
I like your webcam/NSA idea, though. If you're going to do a job, do it right!
The 'fake real name' thing has the neurons firing in my feeble mind.
It can't just be any name. It has to appear normal, yet have a double meaning hidden somewhere in it which insults/and or pokes fun of the host site, or the general idea of needing to use a real name.
Yep, that whole "real-sounding" business is part of it. What if I'm a female and my name actually is Pussy Galore? You could say the extremely common name "John Smith" sounds fake -- except that it's an extremely common name!
I owned some high-end speakers once that were designed and built by a guy named Irving M. Fried, pronounced 'freed'.
On the speakers was his label:
I. M. Fried
So I guess ol' Irving won't be joining the fun as long as he insists on using his first two initials.
We shall see!
I.M. Fried. LOL. That is particularly funny for a speaker brand.
You know? You could be on to something with John Smith.
Suppose there was a campaign to get everyone to sign up at Huffpo as 'John Smith'? Or even Powerline for that matter? Never happen but it is funny to think about.
re I wonder if NewWorldCitizen.com has been taken.
How about Cybercitizenoftheworld?
"How about Cybercitizenoftheworld?"
When If I write that fake license tutorial, I'll be sure to check it out. :)