The Survivor-clone has disappeared for now. I refuse to be intimidated by that kind of behavior here. It's not what we are here.
This place has meant a lot to me as a young writer, just starting out, just figuring out what I want to write, and why. Just figuring out what works, and what doesn't, and why. It's been instrumental in me finding friends who share the same goals as I do: to write to the best of my ability. To write something other people will want to read, and will enjoy reading.
This place is more than a forum to me. It is almost hallowed ground to me. It's the place I come to recharge my writing muscles. It's the place I get upgrades for my Hatrack Utility Belt, and find the attachments to the HUB that have gone missing. It's where I remember why I write: Because I am a writer. I take myself and my writing seriously. Too seriously, sometimes. I get ahead of myself, I get lost in the words and worlds I've made. Here I find and rediscover myself as a writer. I read what other writers are talking about. I learn from what they discuss. I look at the Hatrackers In Print and think, "One of these days, I'll be there."
Take comfort in the fact that Hatrack will survive whatever stupidity occassionally crops its head up on the boards. A while (6 mo or so ago) we had someone here who thought hurling racial based insults at a long time member was "funny." Needless to say Kathleen killed and removed that thread, that long time member left the Board for a while (I'm glad to say she's back) and the voice of stupidity left. Because we are an open forum, occassionally we are going to have to deal with people who are more concerned about ego and being the "top dog" than what we do here.
There is no place else like Hatrack on the web that I've been able to find. The writers here are pretty awesome. The core of what we do - help writers hone thier skills, critique the first 13 and occassionally more on a private request, and act as a resource - can't be harmed by any member acting childish.
You just have to ignore the posts of the people who are going to abuse the forum. That's not to say people can't disagree but, civility is the point. Honest disagreement is fine. Devil's Advocating or being intentionally inflamatory isn't.
My rule of thumb - if I give an honest crit/ opinion/ whatever and all I get back is a rant, I generally won't bother to comment on that member's work/ posts again. Life is too short.
I'm here and I plan to be here for many many more years.
There will always be idjits spamming message boards no matter what kind of safeguards are put in place (unless the message board is invitation-only, I suppose). This clown isn't going to damage Hatrack. I'll bet the powers-that-be would like to know how this little brat managed to hack into Survivor's screen name, though. It will be interesting to see Survivor's reaction. Don't worry about Hatrack, though. It will be here as long as Uncle Orson wants it to be, I suspect. I wish Kathleen didn't have to waste her time "policing" such stupidity on the board, but I'm glad she does so. (Thanks, Kathleen!)
Considering who it probably is, this attack was almost nothing. I'm almost insulted by the lack of effort, since he's put so much more into his other trolling activities. Of course, he's achieved a lot more success there too...I guess maybe he figured out that kind of thing wouldn't work on this side.
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The only thing I still don't understand is why Statesman would make a martyr out of Survivor?
I am being presumptious though. I don't actually know it was Satesman, I am just guessing basing on the lack of George Wythe posts in the last day or so. And on the fact that I know who he is, at least I think so, and he did not graduate from George Wythe college. Which incidentally is NOT an accredited institution. (I read their webpage, which... well, let's just say I would never go there)
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Whoever it was is just an idiot, trying to prove to everyone that he/she was cool by trolling. I see it plenty on other forums and boards and they always get "flamed" to hell.
Zero, I feel I can answer your question about a Survivor martyr. Our Survivor kept contradicting Statesman on several things and Survivor, being a very much learned man that he is, knows a great deal about a lot of subjects, which actually astounds me. This could've prompted whoever it was to simply get angry and try and be what I like to call, a "hero" who ends up flat on his backside looking into the sky.
Now, whoever did the trolling revealed that they have a really low immature level. I'll admit, I'm immature but I know when to pull my finger out, figuratively speaking, and act mature, but the troller doesn't.
Zero - All of Statesman's posts and all the threads he started are gone, so the person behind that username had to be one (if not all) of the trolls.
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