"I don’t care what your opinion is on anything. Posting anyone’s personal information, such as phone number and address, REGARDLESS OF WHO THEY ARE, makes you an absolute piece of shit who needs to straighten their life out."
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I recently addressed this issue in a submission to my colleague La Porte-Jarretelles, but hey, why not piss off all you vicious little cunts on my own blog too.
I am not unaware of the moral dilemma involved in d0x-dropping. Mostly when I operated StickyDrama on Wordpress, my critics leveled accusations of “vigilante justice” against me, as if d0xing were cruel torture that is never appropriate. Even if the subject of the drop were a vile monster, say a child molester—which I admit is an extreme example, but an extreme example is necessary to refute your extreme position that d0x-dropping is never appropriate—then the argument nevertheless goes that only law enforcement and courts should take action. I reject that argument.
Also while I operated StickyDrama on Wordpress, among the thousands of hateful posts and emails, on occasion I received a desperate cry for help. Why on earth anyone would come to a tabloid writer for help, who knows? Despite StickyDrama’s “adults only” disclaimer, my site had many very young readers who idolized me. They often told me that StickyDrama was the only thing they read as a hobby, like their newspaper. You hear that kids don’t tell their parents or teachers anything, but once you’re in a position where kids do open up to you, the truth of that statement is really striking. For example, how is some boy in a trailer park going to tell his white trash redneck parents that some pedophile screen-recorded him masturbating? And he was masturbating to a video loop that he thought was another young boy, because PS, he’s gay. And he had already been blackmailed into performing hours of sex acts, each of which was more perverse than the last, day after day. These are the types of messages I received, and they moved even a dirty cocksucker like me when a very young child was being abused in horrible ways. And do you really think that most adults would not place at least some blame on the child? Webcams never existed when today’s adults were children, so how can anyone really identify with a generation growing up on the Internet? If not for my website, I would probably think “stupid kid” or “asking for it” too. So I felt compelled to help. I know, I know; cue the violins. But, while I will not mention specific cases, they really did occur, and although they were not common, they were not rare, either.
Now, if we consider the much more common case of harassment and stalking, as well as nearly every other type of crime that occurs on the Internet, police departments are loathe to get involved in what they perceive as merely online drama. Even in the case of very serious crimes, local agencies rarely have the resources to handle all so-called real crimes, much less those that take place online. And among those federal agencies that do actually have the motivation and wherewithal to intervene, usually the enormity of the crime must reach monstrous proportions before any action occurs—certainly more abuse than anyone should endure. But let’s keep to our extreme example and make the fantastical assumption that law enforcement would actually act without the delay of tedious paperwork and painstaking investigation, immediately upon receiving a complaint. Still, the odds of the most likely victims—children—lodging a complaint are exceedingly rare, because they are most likely embarrassed by whatever their abuser is using as leverage against them. Even when someone could at least confide in me, I was frustrated insofar as no law enforcement agency would accept a complaint made by me on behalf of another. And I couldn’t exactly fire a stream of bullets into someone’s house (figuratively speaking). Even if I would accept the legal consequences of doling out real, physically harmful vigilante justice, which I wouldn’t, how could I know that only the abuser would suffer? Furthermore, these creatures were always far far away, often in remote areas, so cost and feasibility were concerns. D0xing, which I first observed as a weapon among the hacker community like Digital Gangster, appealed to all my concerns acting as the Internet’s judge, jury and executioner.
To this day, I continue to believe that d0xing certain malicious individuals is a public service that was one tiny bright light in StickyDrama’s ocean of dark humor. Let’s be realistic: d0xing is not the death penalty. It embarrasses or terrifies the subject, but also empowers and saves potential victims, who can much more easily report specific allegations against an identified perpetrator to the appropriate authority. And if I were mistaken or unsure about someone’s culpability (which did happen with some posts, but never in a d0x-drop) no physical harm is done and a retraction can cure most if not all the innocent subject’s reputational harm. Also, d0xing is not a crime, whatever your opinion may be, so accusations of “vigilante justice” are more metaphorical than literal with d0xing. All in all, when used judiciously, the evil of d0xing is far outweighed by the good. By publicly identifying a notorious villain, d0xing prevents future harm; StickyDrama was widely read by the most likely victims, and once Sticky had posted about so-and-so, timid kids either felt the courage to stop their victimization by alerting law enforcement, or would allow me to guide them as they made the initial complaint; and best of all, most abusers disappeared into obscurity after their d0x-drop anyway.
So, while I agree that d0x-dropping is unmerited in minor disputes, I cannot see a better way to respond to egregious harm that takes place on the Internet. And if you disagree, that’s all well and good; but opinions are like assholes, and while I have been known to chow down on an asshole or two (or three), simply shoving your opinion down my throat without offering any practical alternative to d0xing is hurting more victims than are “harmed” by d0xing. Let me expand on that point, since I’m making a factual assertion without any citation to evidence: Because I have to deal with all the bullshit that attends being a public figure who operated a big bad gossip blog, for once I claim the benefit of being a public figure who has the credentials to assert that d0xing an abusive Internet user, in the aggregate, prevents more harm than it causes. Spare me naive suggestions like “call 911.” Anyone who has ever called 911 on me for d0xing them will without hesitation inform you that calling 911 is totally ineffective. D0xing works, and it works instantly. Will anyone really argue that some cunt’s outrage that she can no longer run her mouth without getting a tap on the shoulder is more serious than what a boy or girl feels when some old man demands that he or she have sex with the family pet?
A certain someone once described d0xing as a warning: “I know who you are and where you live.” Yes, that’s exactly what it is. Anonymity is a valuable tool to promote the exchange of ideas, but it is just as likely to be exploited in violation of someone’s rights. And if you annoy me enough, I will find you. And come after you. And make you stop annoying me. Whether I do that by knocking on your door and telling you to shut the fuck up, or by calling the police to report a crime, depends on the context. While I can see how you would prefer that your victims or targets remain powerless in the face of your harassment or stalking or sexual blackmail, the ultimate reality is that I don’t have to play by your rules. I can tear away your anonymity and eat it for brunch if I want to—and if you push me hard enough, I will want to. Expecting me to sit at my computer and let you pull your shit to your heart’s content is about as stupid as expecting me to let you punch me in the kisser until your knuckles bleed. The fear of the repercussions to my conduct is what keeps me from acting in a manner that will get my ass thrown in a jail cell, not your opinions of morality or ethics; and I am happy to instill that same fear in anyone who has delusions of invincibility.
Including you, Freelice.