I have been struggling with a mammoth post in which there was a lot of ground I wanted to cover, (between eyesight issues and oh yeah, Christmas) but in the interest of getting on to the burning question, I will have to trash that and deal with this first.
I have extensively gone through ALL of the IP’s of the alleged socks. Twice. I found ONE and only ONE match, and that IP was last accessed in June 2019. Jason hasn’t accessed that IP since March 21st of this year. (The other user in question has not logged into the forum since March 10th of this year.)
This is not unusual, as I tend to find a match or two or even three to long standing members when investigating potentially suspicious characters, and sifting through dozens, if not a hundred IP numbers. It can be pretty monotonous work. Having been a mod for nine years now, I’ve learned how to read this info. Therefore, I am satisfied that Jason DOES NOT HAVE A SOCK ARMY.
He may or may not be D.B. Cooper, but I’m still working on that.
Also, I find the recent privately made allegation that any staff member might do something nefarious with server donation member’s paypal info or user IP’s ridiculous and insulting. Anchorhead and only Anchorhead has ever been in charge of the paypal account and I trust him. What evil purpose an impossibly huge list of IP’s would do anyone I have not a clue. Google probably has more dirt on you from elsewhere than anything that could be gleaned from this site.
This conspiracy stuff has got to stop. The accusations driving helpful people organizing the forum away has to stop. It’s a rabbit hole with no bottom. It will consume you if you let it.
I fear that someone already has a conspiracy wall with pictures of Donald Sutherland on it.
Furthermore, Jason could always return as a mod if he so wished. There is no rule or policy against it. Jay is the only one who can make a user here a mod or take that power away. I’m sure he has bigger things to worry about these days like most of us do. And there was no security issue like when moth3r vanished without a trace. I miss him still.
And let’s not forget why Jason left in the first place. Someone here took the drama too far. They doxxed him, (that’s hip internet lingo for digging up someone’s online personal info to use against them) and then made threatening phone calls to his house. WTF!? This is not normal behavior for mature adults, this is cyberstalking. To say that I was pissed off about this is putting it mildly. A serious line was crossed here. If it had happened to me, the authorities would have become involved. This unknown caller apparently has shown remorse for their actions, which others who still nurse old grudges could learn from.
I think Jason was crazy to to want to jump back into the Thunderdome here, but I haven’t had the sense to leave either. 😃