Media Note: Regarding false postings…

I have just black carded someone who took a great deal of touble to create false profile using the name of DUP Councillor, Sammy Brush on Slugger. This is not Sammy, and I aim to find out who is was who took such pains to use our commenting facility to falsify his opinion…

I will be taking appropriate action.

Please note too that I am also red carding commenter Christy Walsh, who, perhaps innocently, is randomly replicating the false comments all over Slugger’s back thread.. (contact me Christy if you want that lifted editor@sluggerotoole.com…)

Adds: My recent note on expected behaviour on Slugger

  • Reader

    Mick: I have just black carded someone who took a great deal of touble to create false profile using the name of DUP Councillor, Sammy Brush on Slugger.
    I hope all turns out well for you, and that the impostor catches any flak that is going around.
    I expect you have done the basic check of IP logs to see if the identity can be matched back to another user, and certainly to an ISP; but I suppose the real power of the IP logs will only be available if the police get involved.
    The real councillor would surely be in his rights to try to find out who was impersonating him.
    One further possibility that might make you more secure would be to require that new users sign up to Slugger using an ISP based email address.

  • Alias

    I’m glad to see that the ban on Christy Walsh is merely expedient rather than judged. When he has time to consider the laws on a person’s entitlement to his good name, he’ll consider it unwise to have inadvertently reprinted comments by the bogus poster that might have been designed to fall foul of them.

  • JH

    “One further possibility that might make you more secure would be to require that new users sign up to Slugger using an ISP based email address.”

    No, this isn’t an acceptable solution.

  • pippakin

    It makes no difference which security system is used it will only be as good as the last breakdown.

    This sort of thing happens, its no good anyone getting hysterical over it. I’m sure every reputable site does its best to ensure such invasions are, so far as possible, blocked. Introducing draconian registration systems will not prevent the determined by may well put the innocent off.

  • Alias

    And more saliently, they won’t stop people from Mayo posting either…

  • Mark

    All the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t stop ………

  • Mick Fealty

    just had what looks like a sincere and abject apology for a joke that went badly wrong. Looks like game over.

  • Alf

    Christy Walsh is a fascinating character. The comments by the Sammy sock about catholics sent him into a bit of a frenzy. He was upset that the sock was labeling ALL catholics as terrorist supporters etc. This made the sock a bigot and provided proof that ALL UDR soldiers were bigots.

    The fact that he was doing exactly what the sock had done seemed to be beyond his comprehension.

  • Mark

    The whole thing snowballed very quickly ..

  • Mark

    Alf ,

    Check out christywalsh.com to understand where Christy’s fascination comes from ….

  • Alf

    Mark,

    I wouldn’t like to get drawn into the details of his legal case. Suffice to say it is clear from his conversations here that he has something of a sneaking regard for the Provos.

  • Mark

    Alf,

    Or maybe he is a little touchy/defensive when accused of something that he’s not …..

  • Fick_Mealty

    Now look here – cut this out.

  • Mark

    Timing is everything Fick …. very good.

  • Drumlins Rock

    possibly it would be a good idea to have some sort of verifcation for high profile commentators, as they are the ones most prone to imposters.

  • vanhelsing

    I’m with DR on that one it wouldn’t be rocket science either.

  • tinman

    I have enough trouble just pretending to be myself.

  • Sean Og

    Move along please. Nothing to see here.

  • Turgon

    Sean Og,
    Well someone thought there was something of value in pretending to be a real person. Maybe it was a prank: maybe it was more.

    As for myself anyone who wants can pretend to be me. All you have to do is write at excessive length; use obtuse analogies and metaphors and generally use twenty words where one would do fine. Oh yes and put in complex punctuation which is not actually always correct: I do try but often enough get it wrong.

    On a serious note when I started commenting I decided to tell no lies. This was not simply because I thought it was wrong but centrally because if you make up a false persona it becomes difficult to remember what you have claimed about yourself. I have enough troubles remembering stuff like the wife’s birthday and our wedding anniversary without needing to remember stuff I have made up on the internet.

  • Pigeon Toes

    Aw Tinman that’s because you don’t have a heart ;-D

  • pippakin

    Alias

    On such an important subject? how could I possibly stay away, BTW when did you get back? don’t bother I read war and peace. it took a while….

  • Mick Fealty

    Fick, yer barred (again), I have my dignity to protect!! 😉

  • pippakin

    If I can’t say it with one pseudonym it aint worth saying.

    Mark

    I notice you wiped your feet,

  • RebVolley

    I’m a moderator on another forum and alas, spoof usernames, alias and so called satirical posting are a common, though normally easy enough to spot. Good luck with getting it sorted.

    BTW I composed an online debate guide for my local party and the first thing I advised was never post under false names to either big up yo bad self or attack other people – its childish and you will always, always, get caught out. It reeks of inexperience if nothing else.

  • wee buns

    When the marauder condemned ‘De Faoite’ as an abominable name…..that’s pure crazy was my thought, even for a …ooops.

  • joeCanuck

    Looks like game over

    Mick,

    It’s pretty despicable to impersonate someone else, let alone a victim of an attempted murder. Presumably your sanction stands for a time at least.

  • Rory Carr

    “…when I started commenting I decided to tell no lies.” declares Turgon.

    At least he has the good grace to admit that he considered it.

    But what a loss we would have been at, back in the day if, upon a dark and stormy night, one inspired among our company had not suggested, “Right, lads, let’s draw round the fire and see who can tell the biggest lie.”

    From such small beginnings sprang Tolstoy and Dickens and Scott Fitzgerald and, unfortunately, Tony Blair and Nick Clegg and David Cameron.

  • Mick Fealty

    The sanction on the joker stands, the one Christy was only an emergency measure. His red card is rescinded.

  • Reader

    Mick Fealty: just had what looks like a sincere and abject apology for a joke that went badly wrong. Looks like game over.
    So, it wasn’t Sammy, after all, or was it?

  • Munsterview

    Turgon : ” As for myself anyone who wants can pretend to be me. All you have to do is write at excessive length; use obtuse analogies and metaphors and generally use twenty words where one would do fine. Oh yes and put in complex punctuation which is not actually always correct: I do try but often enough get it wrong…..”

    Forgotten the wee matter of also not placing any bets and matching money with mouth when challanged, have we ?

  • Mick Fealty

    Reader,

    Correct!

  • Reader

    Mick Fealty: Reader, Correct!
    Hmmm, I wonder was it the allure of political cross-dressing (again), or the lure of having his own straw man (again).

  • pippakin

    Reader

    Read it again. Ye olde double meaning at work, take your pick. It may not have been Sammy, one ‘offence’ does not an habitual ‘criminal’ make..,

  • DC

    Sammy McNally you leg-end!

  • Turgon

    Munsterview,
    I do not bet. If you knew anything about fundamentalist Ulster Prods you would know we do not bet. However, since you recently told us the Belfast Telegraph was a “staid broadsheet” more than two years after it became a tabloid I will stick with my assessment that you are indeed very rarely in Northern Ireland. I guess the flight across the Atlantic must cost too much: that said as someone who claims to own a yacht why not just sail it to NI? Maybe because the yacht like so much else is a figment of your fevered and remarkably American English imagination.

  • Kevin McIlhennon

    Ah but Turgon, if you paid attention when it changed you would know it’s a Berliner layout and not tabloid lol 😉