Death Of The Stranger

So, I’m not upset… I’ve been through this before… and I knew it was coming eventually. Seems like adults love to act like children. Fucking little tattle-tales. LMFAO! Keep on encouraging me!

Some of you may remember back when I first came across all this LISK craziness, I had wanted to talk to some of those who were contacting me via email and the blog through Facebook. This would make it easier to tell who was really who they said they were. But to go through Facebook meant showing who I was, and I was not ready for that. There were lots of crazies out there reading and commenting in different parts of this, from LISK.com to my blogs, and I wasn’t about to give some of these crazies access to my friends and family (though that happened anyway). I had 3 Facebook accounts, one with my name, used to talk to family and friends, but not used to often. Another, my Stranger account I used quite a bit, for fun and promotion of the haunt I worked at every Halloween season. As I said, I didn’t want to use my so-called “real” Facebook   due to the fact that I didn’t want anyone playing loony toon games with my friends and family. And I couldn’t use The Stranger for so many reasons… mainly three though. One, because I didn’t want to freak people out contacting them with The Stranger, I mean we were dealing with serial killers and internet crazies… I didn’t think The Stranger would be well received or understood. Reason 2 was because I didn’t want anyone to say I was using the things I blogged about to promote anything. I admit I love to self promote, but that was not where my interest lied in all this, as I said before, I just wanted conclusions. Third reason, I had already dealt with losing The Stranger on Facebook after building him up for years, and I didn’t want to go through that again.

As I mentioned there was a third Facebook, Dharma, but at the time I had forgotten about that one, so I decided to make a new Facebook account under the name Nick James. It was no secret who Nick was, I told everyone who I contacted through it who I was, (well, not my real name, it was still unknown back then, but I did let them know it was zero). So everyone knew Nick was Zero and I did talk to a few people with it (mostly Jen).  Someone didn’t like me using the Nick James account to talk to people though. After a very short time I received a message from Facebook that the Nick  account had been reported as “FAKE” and was temporarily taken down. Facebook required I give them a phone number to verify who I was…

Well, I had talked to enough with the Nick account and  decided to just let it go. I mean it didn’t even have a picture, lol. Very troll looking.

Lots of people freaked out, saying how unfair it was for the account to be down and some were even pointing blame. I had to explain it was no big deal, this was how Facebook and other social medias worked… I mean social media is definitely the definition of “the lunatics running the asylum”.

A good way of explaining this is with mine (and many others) experience with Twitter. You see someone with an idiotic tweet. Maybe it’s racist, maybe it’s homophobic, maybe it’s just in bad taste. You tweet a reply and suddenly you have been reported and your Twitter is on “timeout”. It sucks, but in a way I get it. People want to put what ever they want out there with no kind of reaction from anyone who might not of liked what was put out there in the first place. The problem is, I love to do just that. I like to make people think about their internet activity… I mean if you put it out there you should expect reaction. I do, hell I love the reactions!

I’m getting muddied here… let me get focused again.  People love to tell me, if I don’t like what I see on the internet, turn it off, don’t read what people have to say out there in the never-ending ones and zeros. My reply to that is, “yes, I agree”. If you don’t like someone’s reply to what you put out there, don’t put it out there, turn off your internet, don’t read people’s reactions. But you do and you cry about them and the back ‘n’ forths begin. And as I have learned, most can’t handle the criticism or slap in the face with common sense, they cry for their mommies.

And since they are adults and their mommies can’t help them, they complain to someone who can. They click on “REPORT”  and well… they tattle-tale. “That’s not their real name” “what they said was offensive”… and if it’s a group of crybabies (yes, groups getting together on the internet, I said a mouthful there) the result can be quick.

You are put on time out or you account is frozen. It’s a weird game people play with each other on the internet. Part of that back ‘n’ forth I keep writing about.

Now, if someone is stalking your Facebook for no reason, or if someone has stolen your identity and made a fake account with it, or if they are posting slander and lies about you or your family… those kind of things need to be reported. But the Nick James account was not doing any of that… some people just didn’t want me talking to others.

Anyone getting this?  Still muddied a little, I think…

What I’m trying to say is, most of the times, social media rules and regulations usually don’t work the way they are supposed to, and often just help the trolls and players out there… simple enough?

But, I knew all this by the time Nick James was created and I was expecting it to be reported and removed, so it didn’t surprise me the way it did others reading about it on my blog.  As I explained it had happened before with my Stranger account. If you don’t know who The Stranger is yet, you really haven’t been paying attention. He is a character I made for a haunt I work at every Halloween. No big deal, but some of you want to attack it and lie about it  just to get at me in someway, yea, how’s that working for you?

FOCUS.

Alright, as I explained, back when Nick James was put on time out (did any of you even get the “nick” name… “I’m Nick James Bitch”, maybe it was only funny to me) I had already dealt with losing my Stranger account a few years earlier. And as much as it sucked, I learned from it.

See, back before I was blogging about LISK gamers or internet trolls, I used the internet for fun and entertainment, I’m sure I mentioned this before. I loved to make videos and stuff. All for fun. I only really used Facebook for my haunt character. I was promoting the haunt while making my character more known. I mean the whole back story to The Stranger was promoted using social media. Even then, in fun I was poking at what we were using the internet for… but the whole story of The Stranger will have to wait, this isn’t the time or place, still those of you who follow me better than the others may get the whole idea there.

I had about 1500 “FRIENDS” on my Stranger account and it was a lot of fun to use to promote and to get to know haunt fans.

And one day it was reported as a “FAKE” account. I was devastated! Just like that it was gone. Someone or someones reported that my real name wasn’t Stranger. Well, DUH!

Facebook wanted me to send them a copy of my ID showing my “real” name. At the time I thought it was so unfair, so many others have Facebook accounts using names that  were not on their IDs. I had the account for 3 years, I couldn’t understand why it was gone.

But that’s the way it works… and there was nothing I could do.

As I said Facebook doesn’t apply their rules very well. There are all sorts of people out there not using their real names, from trolls and gamers to people using nick names and character names, someone even told me that Julie Fletcher was not the real name of the Facebook user using it (and if you were one of those who reported my Facebook, shame on you). But I’m not gonna go on and on crying sour grapes though, life is like that, both internet life and the real one. We get used to it.

So anyways, I eventually started another Stranger Facebook after the old one was gone and moved on (the new one had over two-thousand friends before I woke up this morning and saw it was gone, but as usual, I’m getting ahead of myself).

So after the Nick James account was gone I came to a point where I decided (as I blogged about) to use another Facebook account. This was Dharma Initiative. An account I made long ago for the T.V. show LOST. It was a fan page, but I hadn’t used it in a long time. So I used to talk to some crazies… but this time I didn’t tell anyone it was me, at first. Dharma caused all sorts of confusion, so I came clean and let everyone know it was me and stopped using it other than to mess with the anti-gay pages on Facebook, those guys are just so screwed up.

Well the other day I noticed Dharma was gone… someone or group of someones must have reported it. Facebook wrote me a note saying that it was obviously representing a T.V. show and needed to be changed into a PAGE. So I let it sit in limbo, like the Nick James one, no reason to make it a page, I don’t need them , I’m not Candyce or some of you others, I’m not trying to build a Facebook army of fake accounts. And besides at this point, everyone knows who I am, right? But with the death of Dharma I started a countdown in my head for my Stranger account, which really sucked!

Well, today it happened, my Stranger account was pulled. What a bunch of crybabies! That account wasn’t bothering any of you! And those who know me, know how much I love the haunt business and how many years I have invested into making The Stranger what he is today.

But again, this was foreseen and as most haunters and cosplayers know, Facebook will do this if enough hypocritical haters decide to play informer. Therefor a plan was all ready in play.

So, although this sucks, I was ready for it, and more importantly, there will be the usual “cause and effect” for what you loonies do.

I have been doing my best to leave The Stranger out of all this. But it seems some of you want to invoke him, so in the future when he arises from the ashes… don’t blame me if you don’t like the kinds of things he can get done.