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Sockpuppet attack

March 1st, 2010

I’ve just edited several comments from sockpuppets ‘Julia’ and ‘Colin’ posting Liberal Party talking points. Both posted using IP, then ‘Julia’ switched to another one, also in the range 114.78.2x.xxx. Spurious email addresses [email protected] and [email protected] Anothe commenter advises ‘Julia’ has been seen at LP.

If anyone can out these pests, I’ll happily publicise the results.

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  1. Chris Warren
    March 1st, 2010 at 21:35 | #1

    Looks like a Queensland disease to me. It comes out of:


  2. Alice
    March 1st, 2010 at 22:18 | #2

    Sounds like it might be redneck country Chris?

  3. TerjeP (say tay-a)
    March 1st, 2010 at 22:26 | #3

    Damn Queenslanders.

  4. TerjeP (say tay-a)
    March 1st, 2010 at 22:33 | #4

    It is listed on the SORBS database which is suggestive of it being a compromised machine. I imaging that most sock puppets are people who are just having a go rather than by those that use compromised machines. So it could be being done by somebody with some above average skill. Just speculating though.

  5. Alice
    March 1st, 2010 at 22:42 | #5

    For sock puppets they picked some pretty boring names didnt they? They have to be Qldslanders. They are also baby boomer gen names – my guess older than you think is this person. Has anyone checked Tony G’s alibis?

  6. paul walter
    March 1st, 2010 at 23:06 | #6

    I think Julia is actually quite a nice name, Alice.
    But “Colin”?
    One tends towards an evocation of obstructions and tumours.
    Hence, we can assume that the Prof has instituted a procedure amounting to “Colinoscopy” .
    Back in the old days, the meat puppet problem often came from Young Lib Flying Squads.
    Perhaps these are League of Rights people, if they are older.

  7. March 1st, 2010 at 23:17 | #7

    The Julia on LP had a different email address, but with the same format — usernameYY. Two other sock puppets within an hour and a half. Their IP address was

  8. TerjeP (say tay-a)
    March 1st, 2010 at 23:53 | #8

    Actually scrap what I said about SORBS. These addresses are only listed because they are dynamic addresses.

  9. FMark
    March 2nd, 2010 at 00:19 | #9 is also qld.optusnet.com.au

  10. Fran Barlow
    March 2nd, 2010 at 06:25 | #10

    It’s my experience from usenet that a very substantial of the most persistent trolling posters have IP addresses in SE QLD … This area is a hotbed of delusionist trolling on AGW.

  11. Colin Webb
    March 2nd, 2010 at 08:56 | #11

    Hey Alice, Paul – there’s nothing wrong with the name “Colin”! (But it isn’t me.)

  12. paul walter
    March 2nd, 2010 at 14:24 | #12


  13. David C
    March 2nd, 2010 at 18:08 | #13

    Without help from their ISP they might be a bit hard to track down. And besides switching your modem on and off, there are other ways to get around the checking of IP addresses. For example thanks to some software that I just installed, this site currently shows me at an address in Germany… sigh.

  14. Lord Sir Alexander “Dolly” Downer
    March 2nd, 2010 at 18:39 | #14

    I think it’s pronounced “colon”, like Powell.

  15. Alice
    March 2nd, 2010 at 19:43 | #15

    @paul walter
    League of rights is right Paul…I think you are on to something. They have a hot bed in SE QLD as well…they are some dim distant inbred relatives of Howards and the De Groot clan. Of course they are posting LP talking points. Some half bright LP had to write them first though for the lackeys to do the posting. They just follo orders. They dont make the orders. If we looked hard enough we could probably get a link through to Barnaby himself.

  16. Rationalist
    March 2nd, 2010 at 19:49 | #16

    Hope you catch the culprits.

  17. Alice
    March 2nd, 2010 at 20:03 | #17

    Sorry Colin!

    Lets take a look at the popularity of babies names. Maybe they are not boomers after all…


    In the 2000s Colin comes in at number 109. Julia is number 31.

    In the 1990s
    Colin comes in at number 126 and Juliana at number 55.

    The 1980s – Julia was number 88.
    Colin was number 158.

    1970s Colin comes in at 266.
    Julianne at number 131.

    Julia in the 1960s – number 118.
    Colin – number 389.

    On these numbers they are a couple of wet behind the ears new recruit liberal rug rats.

  18. Chris Warren
    March 4th, 2010 at 10:48 | #18

    Surely Optus would respond to complaints?

  19. Alice
    March 4th, 2010 at 20:11 | #19

    @Chris Warren
    Put these three organisations in the list of who doesnt respond to complaints Chris…not only that they are torture to even phone about any accounts at all…you know “please hold while I transfer you”…get transferred and tell story again to operator number two…”please hold while I transfer you”….more music….more holding….finally someone answers…for the third time. You start to tell your sorry tale again about overcharging…get halfway through the story…beeeeeep…..beeeeeep…beeeeeep. You are cut off.

    You cant stand the queue and transfers one more time so you just pay to make them go away.

    They love it. Their systems are designed to be that way. Ill name and shame them right here, right now.


    My advice? Dont ring. Inundate them with paperwork and letters and just refuse to pay. Its the only way. Everyone that answers the phone hasnt got the authority and cant escalate your problem. Its designed that way.

  20. djm
    March 5th, 2010 at 14:19 | #20

    Internet Service Providers have better things to do than respond to reports of people trolling on web fora.

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