Odd sign at the Beijing airport (Xiaming)
Somebody hates you. I always wondered why rappers were so angry and who these ‘haters’ were, but I’m starting to get it. If you do anything in this ghetto culture people will criticize and try to hammer you down. At this point I really take it as a compliment. I do realize that it’s still kinda shocking to be attacked maliciously the first time it happens. If people want to desyndicate Padashow from Kottu, this is a thread on that subject. I think it’s funny when he takes the piss out of me or Mahangu, but I dunno how everybody else feels, and it doesn’t need to be on Kottu. As much as there is a policy, it is stated that malicious speech is a no go, so dropping him is fair. Beyond that, I can only guess at who or why, but it has made a kinda fun stir.
One thing I’ve noticed is that trouble, conflict and sex (which is trouble) are good for traffic. Some of my more interesting times were when I was fighting with Morquendi and Sophist over random stuff. It’s also fun to watch. In that sense Padashow is cool cause it gets people talking, but I guess it’ll get old eventually. People have to toughen up eventually cause it is kinda rough out there, and at least this bile is pretty equal opportunity.
Who is He/She
No idea. I think it might be Ashanthi, so I think it may actually be a she. They have access to some semi-circular information, like where T lives and who gets flowers, so it’s someone known. They don’t know me very well cause all the stories are blog related, but they’ve definitely been to Barefoot and possibly the 10-Cone house. They claim to have been at the meetup, but I don’t remember anyone unaccounted for. Some possible suspects are,
Omigod, it could be anyone. We have access to all that information, but everyone on that list is probably too busy to cause such mischief. I think it may be someone from the original Loki network which was blogging before Kottu and everyone. Loki’s beau is particularly self-indulgently bitter, but he comments on Padashow, so likely not one and the same. I for one kinda enjoy the mystery. It’s given us something to talk about for a week now.
Can You Find Out Through Some Techy Magic?
Not really, WordPress and Gmail are pretty anonymous, and they have that right anyways. All those communications are routed through American servers, so the only way to get an IP is if Pada leaves a comment somewhere. Even an IP alone won’t tell you you much more than Colombo/SLT. Of course, there probably is a way, but I don’t really care that much.
Some people hate, I think it’s just statistical. Wikipedia has some details on troll motivation, but I won’t really go into it. I’ve just noticed that for every 200 hits you get one wanker. It’s like spam, once a network gets big enough it gets flooded with crap. Happened with Kazaa as well, you get parasitic stuff that feeds of the network it purports to destroy. I’ve stopped taking it personally and I just understand it as an emergent property of networks in general.
Then there is, of course, the Sri Lankan phenomenon of just being bitter. I can’t remember the story exactly, but I think someone was in Hell (Just Visiting) and he noticed that there was high security on all the pens except the Sri Lankan one. He asked the Devil why the Sri Lankan’s were running free and he said ‘they pull each other down’. I think there’s something about this island that gives the illusion there is only a fixed amount of resources or something. People feel obliged to cut each other down as if that somehow puts more food in their mouths. If anybody really hated Kottu or the blogging community they could do something bigger and better to replace it, but that would actually be hard.
What do I do?
I’m used to getting random bile online, so I kinda forget that it hurts the first few times. Honestly, the best thing is not to respond to posts about you and let other people defend you, or let that thread die. If you want to post something for the sake of seeing it written that’s cool, but I think you have to take it all as a joke. Having someone hate on you means, to an extent, that you’ve made it. You’ve crossed some sort of threshold where you do attract the bad shit on the network. In moments of insecurity when I want to feel important, the things I remember are the malicious comments and threatening phone calls and stuff. It’s strangely validating. I don’t know how that works, but hate is tangible feedback that you’re making an impact. As the Head Walla said, ‘Wow. I didnâ€™t realise that the Sri Lankan blogging community had evolved to the point where it now has an anti-blogging community.’
OK, so what do I do?
Seeing as the range of suspects is so broad we could institute a reign of terror and simply interrogate or disappear anyone who could possibly be Padashow. Oh wait, that’s been done. One tangible thing would be to remove it from Kottu. He asked to be syndicated and Gnu and I think it’s kinda funny, but we made an exception to the normal guidelines to let him in. His whole slitting wrists thing was kinda mean and, worse, not funny, so I’m having second thoughts. As much as Kottu has a stated policy, he’s in blatant violation, so having him on is really a favor. These are the basic requirements, as posted:
1. You are Sri Lankan, or cover Sri Lanka
2. Your feed doesnâ€™t break Kottu – This is rare, only example is a really long blog title that cracks Internet Explorer.
3. You write original content – There are many good sites that gather mainstream media articles. Kottu may link to these, but wonâ€™t syndicate.
4. You play nice with others – thereâ€™s plenty of room for flames, but malicious attacks on other bloggers wonâ€™t go.
Anyways, Pada is syndicated by exception to the not being a dick rule, so leave a comment as to whether you think it should be included on Kottu or not. I think the jokes about me are funny, but some of the other stuff is somewhat simplistic, without much wit to cut the mean.