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writer's block
solo1y
Some friends of mine linked me to a site called lamebook earlier this year, and since then, it's been on my "check at least once a day" list. It's a simple blog whose posts are screen grabs of stupid or funny Facebook posts.

After some time, I started posting in the comments section. Because that's what it's for. I decided to post anonymously to avoid the cult of personality that seems to be feature of my patronage of other forums. This didn't work, however, and people started posting using my username (Boz). I tried to identify myself by posting this LiveJournal in the Website box, thinking that they probably wouldn't want to promote someone else's LiveJournal, but that didn't work either. Now, it's got to the stage where at least three people (possibly more) are posting in the comments section as Boz, and linking to this site (Hey guys! Keep up the good work!) I don't know who any of these people are, but it's nice to know that they think so much of my contributions that it's worth their while to imitate me.

For instance, in the comments section of Best Friends Forever, comments 2, 3, 5, 12, 51, 65, 66, 68, 70, and 74 were not made by me. In the comments section of Mac 'N' Sleaze, comments 4, 18, 20, 22, 24, 28, 29, 42, 43, 46, 47, 50, 51, 52, 53, 55, 56, 57, 59, 60, 62, 64, 65, 67 and 69 were not made by me. That's just two lamebook entries; there are many, many more.

If lamebook people are irritated by this whole thing, I really don't know what I can do about it. Sorry, I guess? I have a suspicion that asking them to stop will only encourage them. Maybe it's best to just ignore all their posts. To be honest, it doesn't really matter, and if you're getting annoyed over a bunch of people pretending to be me in the comments section of humour website, you probably have problems beyond my ability to help you.

Nevertheless, workable suggestions welcome.

You know the whole imitation=flattery thing. Obviously they think you are worth the trouble to imitate. I am not sure there is much you can do except hope they get bored and either leave or come up with their own monikers. Most people can figure out which one is the "real" you, so no real worries.

I suppose lamebook could force us all to register. But I cannot see them doing that.

Tis simple, I check the link, if it leads here, tis the real Boz, if not, its a fake :P

That's not going to work. Anyone can type any URL he likes into the website. If it were that easy, it would act as an ersatz registration.

Start impersonating yourself, too. And only talk to the "fake Boz" that you control, ignoring all the rest and hopefully making them give up or try harder, which would be a win either way.

Then, have a huge argument with the "fake Boz" you control and flounce. Return as "Bozisgay" and start posting creepy stories that have no real relevance to the Lamebook post.

Ok, I've given this way too much thought for 1) someone I do not know and b) a site I don't even post at, I just find the comment section to be more entertaining than the actual posts most of the time.

Cheers

Re: Lamebook lurker here

solo1y

2009-10-22 10:05 pm (UTC)

Thank you for your input, but I don't think that lamebook needs another Boz impersonator, even if it is me. I agree with your thoughts regarding the comments section.

LUV U BOZ

i love boz

Just ignoring them usually works. It worked when they imitated me. However, they're feeding off of each other, since you're mostly ignoring them. I would remove the livejournal site (which has definitely fed the flames, even if it was a good try) and continue ignoring them. After the first gets bored, the others will fall soon after.

- mcowles

It's got to the stage where Boz impersonator #3 is arguing with Boz impersonator #2, thinking he's me. There are even "Boz impersonator" impersonators. I'm wondering if this can get any more postmodern.

Lamebook

(Anonymous)

2009-10-22 01:39 am (UTC)

Holy shit(almost literally [see photo-link]), nice link.

... Dear god why?
http://www.lamebook.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Toadally-Unnecessary.jpg

Boz - I like your comments on lamebook but am soooooooooo tired of your impersonators. In any case, while I was bored at work, I checked out your LJ and read your very funny entry about the cat you were taking care of. Also saw your photos on your website. ;)

Lamebook has gotten crazy
Can't even tell if it is even you posting anymore

You might find this interesting: I haven't posted anything at all in the comments section for about a week.

I've noticed that none of the posts were you, even the ones REALLY trying to imitate you.

You should scrap the name Boz for awhile and just post under a different name. After a few weeks you could always say "this is the real Boz, btw", if you really cared. I'm sure some people would figure it out anyway.

If the impersonators jumped names with you, you could always jump again... the more work they have to do, the less likely they are to do it. They'll die off.

- You Know Who

I don't your real

I don't my real either, Anonymous. It's no small relief for me to finally get this off my chest. You have no idea how good it feels.

I don't my real!

Registration, finally

(Anonymous)

2009-12-02 11:57 pm (UTC)

Hey, did you see that Lamebook FINALLY decided to add the simple "registration" to the site? You simply register a name and then you...... log in to use it.

It's such a new and amazing concept and it actually stops people from trolling......... as much. Or at least not doing the whole impersonation thing.

I just figured I'd let you know, in case you haven't been back to the site in awhile.

Re: Registration, finally

solo1y

2009-12-03 09:10 am (UTC)

Thank you.

you're still an asshole

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