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Hate mail: Jimbo’s going to shut down RiotACT

johnboy 13 December 2006 120

We all love a good nutter around here. Readers who peruse the comments have, for the last week, thrilled to the antics of the semi-literate multiple personality known as “jim/peter”. Predominantly this can be found on the thread about Amber Jane Westin but there were other outbreaks. As Jimbo has demonstrated on this site that he’s a self-serving liar and fraud it’s hard to take anything he says too seriously.

After a while his ranting was serving no purpose so he was warned to stop it or we’d start deleting comments. When he persisted he was warned we’d block his IP address from accessing the site. This has now been done so he’s off around the internet finding all the freaks, weirdos and perverts out there we’ve crossed swords with in the past, and furiously (but, one imagines, rarely comprehensibly) agreeing with them about how pernicious we are.

Along the way he demanded that we give him contact details for our “boss” and Seepi very helpfully told him to contact Simon Corbell’s office.

In the way of the very crazy and the very stupid Jimbo is not a man to either take a hint or give up easily. This morning I received an astonishing email confirming he has been in touch with Simon’s office, amongst other things.

Subject: Re: ill be back
Date: 13 December 2006 11:24:33 AM

John I was trying too ask questions but don’t expect to get insulted.

and there are comments that I read that are not suitable for under age people .

I believe in listing to people but I don’t put shit on them because of spelling.
You seem to be educated but john what about treating every one equal.

and if I was a person with a disability I may of had rights to sue.

you warned me But what about your friends that on every page have been rude too not just me but lots of readers.

I have made enquires about your site from the acma about the unfair treating and foul abuse.

John am not there to be rude to you.
but if this site is were any one can leave a comment don’t insult them for it.
you may insult the wrong person and your headlines may be seen up there.

Its not a friendly world at the moment and there lots of hate.

and for Simon and other your not liked.

I have read other pages on the net and john am not the only person to be mistreated.

There is a good chase for slander charges to be laid for if there was action too take.

I have downloaded your site and the rude insults that all people left about any one so if you were to remove the filth is no good.

And for the police there just watching your site.

Under the new laws some thing are not excepted.

As I said am not here to fight with you .

and if you wont my address and info I can give it to you so you can send the police to me

I don’t think john your site needs to go to court as it my be good news for you as you have may people that dislike it.
and a class action is looking good.

I didn’t have a problem with you but your goons need to be warned .

I await my fate with equanamity, and particularly look forward to hearing from ACMA (and/or a class action of aggrieved nutters and criminals), but you goons have been warned.

(Incidentally I wonder how Simon feels about standing on the same side as CrazyChester, John B1_B5, and Jimbo)

UPDATED: Jimbo’s moronic attempts to impose himself on the dialogue are continuing and (very slowly) he’s learning things. Which is a positive, when he finally wises up he might realise he can’t fight the operators of a site, on their own site. There may be some delays in your comments appearing as various moderation strategies are deployed. We’ll try and keep them to a minimum. Feel free to email jimbo and express your feelings about the disruptions.

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120 Responses to Hate mail: Jimbo’s going to shut down RiotACT
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Mælinar - *spoiler alert* I've seen S04E13 Mælinar - *spoiler alert* I've seen S04E13 10:09 am 21 Aug 08

I think it reasonable that if agecies make enquiries of particular posts (such as in the course of an investigation), that the RA crew provide a tunnel to the poster with their consent – and report accordingly.

If the poster does not consent, then its a court matter.

johnboy johnboy 9:54 am 21 Aug 08

It’s a co-location so we still own the iron and Velocity don’t have access to our server logs (although depending on their setup they could possibly make some very well educated guesses).

TAD TAD 9:28 am 21 Aug 08

No that RA is hosted by velocity net. Would you think a request for your data would go straight to them (seeing how they are the ones in possession of it)?

johnboy johnboy 9:12 am 21 Aug 08

We do have a policy on this sort of thing.

This case was made special because the ACC was using us to make a flagrant and grossly defamatory attack on a factional rival for their own purposes. We had removed the comment from view long before anyone came looking for the details.

As such we felt no obligation to protect them, particularly as there was a real danger our server would have been removed for days or weeks while it was investigated.

I understand, that the information gathered was used to expel them from the party.

In the case of comments we’re willing to have on the site at all, we won’t just be handing over the information without at least discussing all the issues with the poster.

TAD TAD 9:02 am 21 Aug 08


This goes back a few years.

Back in the day before you needed to sign up to RA, anybody could leave comments to threads anonymously as “Anonymous Cowardly Canberran”. On a thread about a local politician an ACC called him a “F***ing *****” [ED – we’re NOT repeating that episode].

Said politican was not happy about this so made a complaint to the police. Detectives investigating the complaint got the intel section to request from RA, the logs of the thread to ID the poster’s IP and therefore the poster.

The intel guy quoted his power to receive the information as a section of the Crimes ACT 1914 relating to harrassment by telecommunications (which posters pointed out specifically stated that internet services were excluded from the offence). RA admin sent the logs anyway to the police (who visited the home of the poster but didn’t proceed as it could not be determined who’s fingers were on the keyboard at the time amongst the residents).

RA admin went public with their decision on the site which received some local media attention. JB used the interest to get some attention for the site.

It’s brought up every few years by JB who has described the situation as being bullied by police to carry out a private investigation on behalf of a politican. (as per above).

I’m part of the camp who still thinks that RA did the wrong thing by releasing the info as they were not legally required to do so. This comes from my perspective as a police officer who would like to believe that RA would have my back if I happened to post something out of school or critical of my employer. Since then I post minimal work related posts. The police involved in this matter would not have wanted to get involved but come under the influence of their bosses and their political masters.

I’m not saying that the RA shouldn’t release IP logs to the police in genuine criminal matters. But as something that occasionally professes to be something akin to journalism, I would like to think that some protection of posters/sources would occur.

(JB, can you consider a policy on this sort of thing)

Pandy Pandy 11:49 pm 20 Aug 08


johnboy johnboy 9:36 pm 20 Aug 08

Monster of the Deep said :

Too funny for words. This is one of those little nuggets of hilarity amidst the stinking bile the internet throws up every now and then.

I love you, RiotACT.

If Kramer ever recovers the archives we’ll do a “best of”.

This was top ten material but probably not top 5.

As for number one, Richard Mulcahy getting the police to do his civil dirty work remains without equal.

Danman Danman 9:15 pm 20 Aug 08

Go to work for a day LOL WORK is wehere I stay in touch with RA (For themost part)

Hi Boss !!

Monster of the Deep Monster of the Deep 8:43 pm 20 Aug 08

Too funny for words. This is one of those little nuggets of hilarity amidst the stinking bile the internet throws up every now and then.

I love you, RiotACT.

fabforty fabforty 6:48 pm 20 Aug 08

scootergal said :

Wow, I actually go to work for a day and look what I miss?

We could have the goons like the seven dwarfs, all with special names…I’m sluttygoon.

Does FabGoonForty sound like an eighties band or what ?

Overheard Overheard 5:44 pm 20 Aug 08

I’m GoonGetFolked

Granny Granny 5:09 pm 20 Aug 08

I’m oldtoothlesscodgergoon.

scootergal scootergal 4:56 pm 20 Aug 08

Wow, I actually go to work for a day and look what I miss?

We could have the goons like the seven dwarfs, all with special names…I’m sluttygoon.

Cameron Cameron 4:55 pm 20 Aug 08

haha, lord no.

Granny Granny 4:50 pm 20 Aug 08

Jimbo’s going to shut down RiotACT

Can he do that?

Mælinar - *spoiler alert* I've seen S04E13 Mælinar - *spoiler alert* I've seen S04E13 4:24 pm 20 Aug 08

@Skid – as I have already suggested to another poster today, I was exercising the use of the search button in the top right hand corner to find some old information (displaying I can practice what I preach).

In the course of that search I found this thread and noted that sufficient time had passed for there to have been some kind of response – thanks JB for filling us in on that note.

Since that time I’ve been sitting here laughing at the posts and wondering what a moo card is.

I think it fair to say that the poster concerned has long disappeared though.

Pesty Pesty 3:42 pm 20 Aug 08

i reckon the guy sounds intellectually disabled, if so calling him a nut or similar derogatory title may be less than PC or even very insulting. He is certainly opinionated, obviously misguided but probably no threat to anyone.

Special G Special G 3:25 pm 20 Aug 08

Damn, How did I miss this many comments by a regular fruitcake. Note to self – log in more often. It’s so hard to catch up when half the comments have been moderated and I don’t mind having a dig at crazy people. Love a good threat though – well worth posting them up for all our entertainment.

JB just so we get this sorted. I will never refer to you as a god in any shape or form and don’t wish to be a Johnboy goon. I will goon for Kramer gladly though – I owe him a couple due to an incident with some bricks.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 3:22 pm 20 Aug 08

Maelinar doesn’t like the warm ones because they push back?

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