♎ Mackinac Island Fanatic
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: At the bottom of Lake Algonquin (Michigan)
Probably either Yahoo! or Switchboard.com (an online directory). They both had message boards back then. Switchboard was where I met my first troll who started mocking, harassing, and stalking me around the Internet. Two other sites I belonged to around the same time were a Q&A community, KnowPost.com, and an Enneagram-related message board. I got mercilessly trolled off the latter by the regular users, and the troll from Switchboard followed me to KnowPost and tried getting me in trouble there too. He attempted the same by impersonating me on the Yahoo! message boards but I was able to prove I didn't go by the same username there. Did I forget to mention one of the regulars on the Enneagram message board posted under my username while trolling the site, too? Plus another troll from Switchboard, and one of the regulars from the Enneagram message board (two different people), followed me to OpenDiary.com and trolled me there, and a guy I pissed off on KnowPost posted nasty messages in my GeoCities guestbooks and followed me to Stories.com (now Writing.com) and harassed me there for a year before losing interest. (I had to make my writing private on OpenDiary and Stories.com for a while to try to get rid of them all.)
That was my experience in just my first year or so online. (I'm leaving a lot out.) After twenty years of that it's pretty obvious why I don't engage in conversations with people much anymore. I started off on what I thought were good terms with everybody I mentioned above. I guess I just attract a certain type.
If I don't reply to you, it's NOTHING PERSONAL. It's my ANXIETY.
(Devetko's boyfriend Stan Brooks & Det. Reichert are horsing around.)
Det. Kristeva: "If it were legal you'd marry me, right?"
Det. Devetko: "Definitely."
(It's legal now!! But Kristeva's already married. ;_; )
"No canoes...no maple sugar...this place is horribly uncivilized."--Manabozho, Escape From Manitou Island