In Fairness, We Don’t Like Them Either…
“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” “First they ignore you. Then they mock you. Then they attack you. Then you win.”
–Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788 – 1860)
“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”
“First they ignore you. Then they mock you. Then they attack you. Then you win.”
If you’ve ever attempted to leave a comment on SGTreport, you likely got a message saying that your comment is being held for moderation. After a certain number of approved comments the feature simply “white lists” the person based on their name, IP address, & e-mail address, and after that there’s no moderation delay for “approved” users.
This “comment moderation” feature was originally put in not to censor anyone, but rather to eliminate the overwhelming amount of advertising spam comments we get.
However, recently we’ve been receiving a truly absurd amount of hate comments. More than 60 of them during the last week. Some of these hate messages are long detailed venomous spiels, while others are just a single derogatory word or two. They have been left on almost every single thing we’ve published.
Here’s some of the most recent ones, from the previous few days:
Let’s take a closer look at the IP addresses of these comments:
The purple one, 184.108.40.206, is from Concord, USA. (near Oakland, CA)
The green one, 220.127.116.11, traces back to Weehawken, USA. (near NYC)
The blue one, 18.104.22.168, traces back to Saddlebrook, USA. (near NYC)
The red one, 22.214.171.124, is from Concord, USA. (near Oakland, CA)
EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE LINKS HAS ONE thing in common (please look for yourself):
These IP addresses, and many others owned by Bank of America, have been using dozens of different names, e-mail addresses, and they’ve been at this for days and days now, posting comments like these, and comments that are also much more offensive than these. They post these comments on literally everything we publish. You don’t see these comments because we simply moderate them out before they’re made public. Our censorship policy is pretty simple: If you want to disagree, we’re all ears, and you’re welcome to do so. If you just want to be a loud-mouthed jerk, slinging mud and starting fights, you’re completely invisible to us.
These IP addresses are on opposite sides of the country, but they have almost all originated from network space fully owned by none other than Bank of America.
Look it up for yourself at ARIN (American Registry for Internet Numbers):
Now, far be it from us to explain why someone or someone(s) from Bank of America dislikes SGTreport this much. We just find it really strange and amusing, frankly. We couldn’t honestly care less, but if you’d like to know why it’s happening, go ahead and ask them yourself by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org and simply direct their attention to this posting. If they reply to you, please let us know what they had to say, by pasting it in the comments section below. Don’t worry, we only screen out the worst of the dumbasses, and they all seem to work at the same bank.