Cyber-bully threatening me in comments section

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  • #1911771

    americafarm
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    Please check out the comments section of this blog. The IP of the bully is 64.193.88.202. He/she is from Cumberland, Maryland according to Whosis. I don’t know anyone there or thereabouts so I suspect this may be from a rival blog, perhaps on WordPress, that wants me to shut down. Is there any place to report this?

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

    #1911901

    timethief
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    IP addresses have not been unique for over a decade. ISPs put hundreds of us in the same IP block to save money. Only about 30% of IP addresses trace back to an individual computer. You don’t have to approve any comment at all. If there is a an actual threat and your actually fear this person will make face to face contact with you and assault you then contact the police and lawyer.

    Are you referring to a persona with a WordPress.COM account?

    Are you truly fearful or not?

    Has an actual legal offense been committed or not?

    ToS violations and/or complaints are not dealt with on public forums and posting here won’t resolve your issue. Read:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/private-information/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/private-user-data/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/disputes/legal-guidelines/
    http://en.wordpress.com/complaints/
    http://en.wordpress.com/abuse/
    http://automattic.com/dmca/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/disputes/

    NOTE: Terms of service Staff may have a backlog. Please be patient while waiting for them to get back to you after you submit your complaint.

    If you are not referring to death threats or anything actionable under the law then I say get over it. If you are referring to a legally actionable case hire a barrister and consult your local authorities.

    #1911904

    timethief
    Member

    We cannot block or delete subscribers from public blogs. Anyone and everyone can access public blogs and that’s indeed what the public designation means. However, please read this about public blogs that become private blogs > Blog Privacy and Subscribers > http://wpcommaven.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/blog-privacy-and-subscribers/

    Note that you have complete control comment moderation. http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-moderation If your blog is public others can, of course, read it and they can submit comments but you can Moderate all comments and choose which ones to approve or not.

    I suggest you set your blog so that first time commenters are held in moderation until their first comment is approved, then from that point forward they will not need approval. Settings > Discussion. The next step up is to set it so that all comments are held in moderation until approved. http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/

    Mark only spam as spam http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2013/01/24/mark-only-spam-as-spam/ and delete all troll comments. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/how-to-starve-a-troll/

    For trolls, you can “blacklist” them at Settings > Discussion toward the bottom of that page. Enter their email address, their username, and if they included it, their website URL. That will automatically send them to moderation so that their comments do not appear on the blog. Do note though that if they are determined, they can use a different email address or username to get around that.

    Also, do not put their IP address in the blacklist. IP addresses are no longer unique, and you might end up blocking legitimate visitors. Also, all they would have to do is go to a wi-fi hot spot, or connect via a different ISP and they could get around that.

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