Just a heads up, before I delete anything...

jeff's picture

Saw a recent thread with people questioning Sam2000's identity, whether he's really 12, etc. So, just want to point out that this issue will not continue.

I understand that it is human nature to be skeptical of things that seem amiss, and in an environment like Oasis, where things don't seem to add up, and there is really no means of proof, you can't really resolve it.

So, there's no riddle to unwind here. Everyone is what they say they are online.

That said, it is really not anyone's role here to try and find holes in anyone's writings to question anyone else's identity. If you don't think someone's posts add up, stop reading them and stop commenting on them.

In a nutshell, if Sam says he's 12, he's 12.

If you don't think he's 12, and have nothing positive to say to or about him, don't comment on his posts and don't mention him in your journals. Easy.

As stated above, if you don't have anything nice to say to Sam, or you don't know what to say, or you don't believe he is 12, or you don't believe he exists, don't read or comment on his journals.

So, any comments on any future Sam posts questioning his identity will be deleted, as it provides no value, only negativity. And it's basically online bullying, if you're wrong in your assumptions.

Also, I have often suspected some accounts to be bogus, but I don't really care, because it doesn't change a huge value Oasis provides.

If a fake user does post seeking advice on here, and gets real advice, real people then read it and still benefit from it. So, ultimately, it serves the same ancillary purpose. Feedback given to one person on here is read by and can help others who read it, so there is benefit to commenting on journals beyond addressing the one person who wrote it (and why I almost entirely post comments publicly and rarely, if ever, PM people).

I'm not going back and deleting any old comments, but just a heads up. If people have nothing better to do with their time than pick on 12 year olds, read a good book or something.

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radiosilence95's picture

Good idea. I was getting

Good idea. I was getting really tired of the whole Sam controversy.

Tycoondashkid's picture

Dammit Jeff

now im suspicious of who's accounts you think are bogus

if your not going to be deleting comments are you just going t lock them on D_Listed Journal or what?

jeff's picture

Well...

I didn't say it was other currently active users, I've been at this for a while...

Not locking anything anywhere. I posted a similar message on that post, so anyone posting anything new there that runs against the above will be deleted.

In the future, when I get around to updating the site, it will be easier, because then Sam will get the power to block people from reading his posts, like Facebook and Twitter allow.

And, there is no timeframe for that, so I'll save myself a follow-up comment in advance. ;-)

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"You can judge the whole world on the sparkle that you think it lacks" - Dawes, When My Time Comes (http://youtu.be/Z0FrcTX6hWI)

Tycoondashkid's picture

oh ok

as long as the accounts don't have Timeline that would suck, maybe a like system, for example someone makes a comment on someones Journal or Forum you can like that comment? that would completely and totally kick ass!

Dracofangxxx's picture

Heh, I kinda know who he's talking about..

There've been a lot of past issues with that sort of thing, but either way, it doesn't matter. I wouldn't worry about it.
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That's redick!

jeff's picture

Hmm...

I actually don't know who I'm talking about. It's all a blur at some point. ;-)

Offline, though, I actually used to talk on the phone with JT Leroy, so talk about identity issues!

Background on JT here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JT_LeRoy

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"You can judge the whole world on the sparkle that you think it lacks" - Dawes, When My Time Comes (http://youtu.be/Z0FrcTX6hWI)

elph's picture

Very apropos... if only obliquely!

She (he?) seems to be out of the news since 2007?

But, very interesting write-up in Wikipedia!

MacAvity's picture

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Thank you, Jeff.