As someone who has actually had an online stalker for the best part of two years, I know how frustrating and irritating it can be - not to mention most probably frightening, in some circumstances. I hope I am wrong but it looks as though I have the beginning signs of another, perhaps group of them.
It started here on Hub Pages only yesterday. I saw that an older Hub I had virtually forgotten about had three comments. The first started off nonsensical and became mildly abusive, the name given just a jumble of characters. The second was complimentary from Gordon Ramsay (telling me I would be on his next TV show) and the third agreed with "Gordon Ramsay's" comment, from Jamie Oliver. All the same IP address, all in the space of twenty minutes. I laughed, deleted and moved on.
Earlier today, I received comments on another site I have written briefly for from Rod Stewart and Sean Connery. The IP address, however, was totally different. About twenty minutes ago, I deleted around a dozen comments from my main blog from Simon Cowell, John Lennon - and King Henry VIII, among others. One interesting point was that some of the comments used American spelling and some used British spelling.
I know the worst thing you can probably do is reply to these people and therefore reveal your e-mail address but has anyone actually done so? If so, what happened and do you regret doing it?
I'm sorry this is happening to you. To be honest, in your position, I would not disclose my e-mail address to them. Sad isn't it the way some individuals get a kick out of this kind of behaviour? They need to get a life. You state that you have an IP address, perhaps it's worth e-mailing Hubpages to see if these idiots can be banned from posting in some way?
Don't have anything like that going on. Sorry to hear you're having to deal with idiots.
When you see something abusive repeatedly as coming from the same IP address, it's important that you mark the comments as "spam" before deleting. This teaches the comment filters to catch those comments and they will be automatically handled.
Whatever you do, DO NOT REPLY TO THEM.
Thanks, all. I have definitely decided on no reply!
Re the IP address, Hollie. Unfortunately, I can only remember the first two numbers. That was because it all started here on HP and I thought at the time it was simply an isolated idiot. I do have the other full IP.
As far as the Spam notification goes, Relache, the same situation. I thought about branding it as Spam first and honestly can't remember whether I did so or not. Will definitely do so if I hear from the individual(s) again.
The bright side? Not a word today. Maybe even spammers and stalkers take the weekend off... ??
Good decision, Gordon. Replying to those eejits is definitely a waste of time, plus replying will give them your email addy. Maybe your stalker is a woman who got a crush on you.. or worse, one of your ex's. Beware of a woman scorned, even if it is just in her mind.
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