They Are A Plague

....and the infestation is getting worse. They are rude, arrogant, and monumenatally stupid. We should be able to share our often very personal and emotional stories without having them ridiculed by a thoughtless imbecile. They may (just) stay on this side of the EP rules, but the cumulative effect is that they are stopping us from conversing with each other. Most of us are very respectful of each other. These trolls are sad, sad fools, and we want rid of them!

mizzen123 mizzen123
46-50, M
10 Responses Mar 12, 2010

I have been under attack by a gang of trolls since approximately October 2010. They use both fake & real accounts to stalk my profile and relentlessly dislike/flag/report my comments & posts & stories multiple times regardless of their content.<br />
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Nothing I post on EP violates the Terms of Service. I am a good person and my content is good -- many, many people have told me so. But that doesn't stop the trolls!<br />
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Many thousands of the likes on my comments are gone due to gang-dislikes. Some had as many as 8 likes before the attacks stated, now it is rare to find any likes from others at all (EP still displays my 1 default like from posting the comment). None of them deserved to be disliked -- my comments are accurate, clear, intelligent, (usually) on topic, and polite, or at least that's what I always aim for. Yet somewhere around a thousand of my comments have been disliked so many times that they have quietly disappeared "below the viewing threshold".<br />
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I have been pushed out of the membership lists of thousands of the over ten thousand groups I've joined. I am counted as a member but my avatar & name and the link to my profile no longer shows up in the list of members.<br />
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My profile has been automatically suspended twice and my account is constantly in EPJail. But I ALWAYS follow the rules.<br />
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Twenty-three of my eighty-eight stories are invisible & unlinked -- several of them were flagged into oblivion in less than three hours! I don't even try to contribute stories to EP anymore -- what is the point? At the moment I'm simply trying to wait out the trolls and hope they lose interest in me. I may try again some time in the future. (Friends can ask for links to read my missing stories -- but my missing comments are gone forever.)<br />
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That hurts me and it deprives the many thousands of users who enjoy my writing from reading more of it. I am extremely upset by all of this and EPSupport is sick of my complaining about their inability to stop the trolling. They are now ignoring my messages requesting action/investigation/support.<br />
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Arrogant, intolerant, rude, and monumentally small-minded bigots & prudes & sinverts refuse to leave me alone! And I refuse to let them force me off the site. But I am just one person and the haters are too many.

NewChrissy, I'm so sorry you have continually had to go through this. I know EP have a lot to deal with, but they do not always do enough to protect people from, as you put it so very well, 'Arrogant, intolerant, rude, and monumentally small-minded bigots &amp; prudes &amp; sinverts', but I am heartened to read that you are not going to let them force you off the site. You shoudn't be having to go through this in the first place, though. Hope you're ok :-)

I thank them as well for allthat they do, but I really feel that this person has been around long enough for them to see that he is blatantly and wilfully riding roughshod over the ethos and the rules of EP and he insulting others left, right and centre as we say in the UK! He is also stifling free speech. He flouts EPs core values, and I repeat that he has been round plenty long enough to know what he is doing. He has been reported at length. He is upsetting others and getting off on it, people who have been brave enough to reveal something about themselves.<br />
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Mizz

I believe EP staff is doing their best in a situation where there is a fine balance between freedom of speech, censorship and freedom of speech. EP does solicit it's members help in bringing notice to offenders of EP's basic guidelines and core values. <br />
I thank EP and it's staff for the venue they provide and appreciate the balance rope they walk to do their best. <br />
Thank you EP and staff. <br />
Paco35:)

I know, but he's muffled!!! On a serious note, he is infiltrating stories of anybody from this group that hasn't yet blocked him. What a fool, I hate calling someone that, but he deserves it for his actions.

I have decided this is to be a flans free zone. I've contacted EP about him and they've done nothing. They are reneging on their duties.<br />
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MIzz

Ah hah, you admit to being a troll. And proud of it, it sounds like.<br />
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If it weren't for sites like ep, how boring it would be for an empty troll.

thanks kitty:)<br />
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This is a problem that keep recurring. Some of these people are repeat offenders, most coming back with a different name, but I can recall one racist bastard who cameback barely weeks after he had been thrown off for the same offence. It's not easy to police I know.<br />
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Mizz

Thank you, Eve:) Your logos have always been rather good too lol! I look like I'm looking for divine inspiration, which in this instanceis quite apt, hehe.<br />
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There does have to be a way, and EP has to take a lead in this. Ultimately people will leave because of these trolls, it justs poisons the atmosphere. EP, this is a very serious issue, we should not have to put up with these diseased minds.<br />
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Mizz

Love the logo, BTW!

Yes, there should be a way. Especially if they have been asked to stop what they are doing or leave a group repeatedly by everyone else involved in the posts.