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Definition of "personal attack"

  1. Ok, so I have been trying to report a WP.com hosted blog as an "attack blog" for a week now, and getting no response from WP.
    In the meantime, it would be helpful to get some clarification about what constitutes over-the-line behavior, as related on this page:
    http://en.wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/

    The blog in question:
    *was created in order to attack one woman
    *has now branched out to another woman (me)
    *is clearly written by someone approaching a psychotic break, and getting kinda scary.

    Does this person actually need to *physically* threaten us to be considered an attack blog?

    My initial posting in the forums was deleted; I am assuming that was because I named names.
    Hopefully this will be allowed?

    Basically, if it was a blog saying that I'm wrong about a particular position (and those exist too, alas) that at least used... sentences?
    Or....had a coherent.....well, anything?

    That I could live with. And do.
    This is just lunatic ranting and photoshopping. So, how far does he have to go to be over the line and banned by WP?

    The blog I need help with is membracid.wordpress.com.

  2. Hi there,
    We Volunteers who answer support questions aren't in a position to interpret policy. We can supply relevant links:
    http://en.wordpress.com/freedom-of-speech/
    http://en.wordpress.com/abuse/
    http://en.wordpress.com/complaints/

    We can also advise how to get in contact with Staff. Here’s the link http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/ After you use the searchbox, under the search results, at the bottom of the page there will be a section that says “Have you found the answer to your question?” You can choose either “Yes I found the answer to my question.” or “No I didn’t find the answer to my question and I would like to contact support for help.” The no option will reveal the contact form.

  3. I have contacted them multiple times via the support page, and gotten no response other than the automated copy of my request.

    Thought I'd try posting this here to see if I could get their attention. Mainly so I can feel like I am doing something other than sitting around and seeing what he will choose to escalate with next. I am, frankly, afraid for his safety and those around him.

    Also, still don't know why my initial forum post about this was deleted, but I'm guessing it was because I named the other blogger. Fair enough.

    Thanks for at least responding, Timethief!

  4. Hi again,
    I'm sorry I cannot be more helpful. I did flag this thread for Staff attention previously.

  5. You know me. You know my style. When in doubt, escalate. If they won't ban that blog for attacks against people, what I'd do is make a post on my own blog naming all the names, including everything Google could give me, including place of work and home phone number. Because WordPress obviously won't delete me if they won't delete them.

    But before all of this, I would do as I told you on Facebook: report him to the police. Then I would get a document from the police to the effect that he has been reported, and then I would forward it to WordPress.com. Official paperwork has a remarkable effect on corporations, even ones as small and tight as Automattic.

  6. The problem is, he hasn't made a *credible* threat. He's just crazy and scary because of what he might escalate to.
    Going to the cops with "someone was mean on the internet to me" isn't going to go far.

    I watched what one friend who had specific threats to kill her and her baby went through with the Chicago police when she tried to report that. And it took over 10 years to bring Mabus down, who threatened folks daily with execution. (http://skeptools.wordpress.com/tag/mabus/ )

    I was kind of hoping to avoid giving this person what he clearly so desperately wants--attention. Ah well.

  7. Please contact us directly via http://en.wordpress.com/abuse/

  8. oh wow. It got worse overnight. Reporting.

  9. Heavy sigh.

    I miss the Club Penguin bunfights.

  10. Oh, yes! Or the explosion when I told some kid that I thought Justin Bieber was a talentless hack.
    Those were the days.

    Heavy Sigh, indeed.

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