Mike Slocombe hosts the website, Urban75.net. In 2007 someone on his website posted a thread saying that Welsh Labour were trying to shutdown bulletin boards, and making a reference to me. This was untrue, as I had not tried to get a website shut-down, only requesting that untrue content on it, posted by a political opponent be removed.
As you can see below, within a short period of time I was able to get that claim removed completely from Urban75, and in an entertaining way as well. In my letter I said to the ISP who hosts the Urban75 website on behalf of Mike Slocombe that if the content was not removed by him that they should shut the website down! I don’t think Mike Slocombe appreciated the irony of this!
Trolling of Mike Slocombe – How to instigate a take down notice
As you can see in the file above complaints were made about me “bumping” the post on Urban75, or in other words being an old post to the top of the list through posting to it. In the screen grab of the thread on Urban75 below, you can see that a user bumped the post again, making themselves the perfect hypocrites. This was following me posting the above document on Urban75 for them to see, and it gave me the reaction I wanted.
This was Mike Slocombe and the Urban75.net users pwned (i.e. beaten) in textbook style. The definition of trolling, ‘posting a message in an attempt to provoke a reaction‘ clearly worked here. This shows that it is not necessary to troll a website in order to get a reaction on it, as it is possible to troll the users on your own website and them react on their website.
Other people might want to use my letter as a model for getting content about them removed. But from my perspective, in any case, getting the users to bump the post after complaining about me doing it is a victory! I can now sit back in glee, that for as long as that webpage about me exists on Mike Slocombe’s server, I will have clear evidence for how he and his users on Urban75 were pwned by me – the pen is mightier than the sword!
Even as the founder of The Trolling Academy, which promotes safety online, I found it hard to identify with the plight of Rhys and Ether Curnow who were targeted by flame trollers (‘Internet trolls target newlyweds‘, June 23).
The couple, part of the Campaign for Marriage (C4M) group, were attacked by trollers for trying to deny same-sex couples the same right to marriage that they have. One troller said they should “go and die in hell”. If Christianity is true, then based on the Romans 2 chapter of the Bible they will rot in hell as it says those who condemn homosexuals will be condemned themselves.
Flame trollers can currently be prosecuted under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003. This makes it unlawful to send messages which are “grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character.”
From my point of view the comments made by Mrs and Mr Curnow’s campaign that, “children do best with a married mother and a father” is grossly offensive. It is as offensive as saying children brought up in Black families are less intelligent than in White ones because one academic once said so, after using a culturally biased IQ test.
Their website says that equal rights to marriage would mean ‘people’s careers could be harmed’ is also grossly offensive, and I have reported their website to the police. That is like saying that if a business employs Black people that it will affect the careers of White people and is grossly offensive also.
From my point of view as a trolling expert, Mrs and Mr Curnow should not have expected anything less than ‘flame being fought with flame’ for these bigoted views they posted online.
As the founder of The Trolling Academy, I found it disturbing that a piece of kudos trolling in the form of a joke made by an Assembly Member to her friends on Facebook was considered so newsworthy for publication (‘Minister in online holiday romance joke’, May 2011). Even so, I felt I had to reply.
When Plaid’s Bethan Jenkins AM said that she “may not return” from a holiday to Denmark in June, she said something that we say in Wales so often it is almost a cliché. It is a proven fact that the greatest advocates of our nation are those who move away from it and long for their homeland from the point of view of all good things they remember and exclusion of the bad.
One might see why this is common if one looks at the origin of the word ‘troll’. It comes from the same troll in the Three Billy Goats Gruff who stops the billy-goats getting to ‘where the grass is greener’. This is very much the case in our country today – anyone who tries to do anything worthwhile is either given an excuse why they can’t, or called names such as “grandiose” or “deluded” when they do.
Our politicians are elected by us, often because they reflect us in some way. From that perspective we will have to accept that they might say publically the things we would privately, and we should applaud them for this and not castigate them.