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Online harassment: Ever get Targeted? Is it worth..

..involving the law/ authorities or would it it end up being a long, drawn out hassle for those who complain?

Someone I know is having their ID impersonated by a troll on a forum. (same ID , same avatar etc)

Best course of action...if any?
Thank you.

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Although I wouldn't expect much in the way of results,...

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...I would at least report this to the moderators of the board in question. They could figure out who's who and act accordingly - if they're so inclined.

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I'd consider such an impersonator as

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exhibiting their own smallness and just blow it off as best one could. You play into the hands of the harasser when you show that they are having an effect on you.

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agreed

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Just that this troll is trying to confuse other users by posting nasty remarks & insults to others. Many know it's a troll, but they're impossible to just blow off & can be disruptive. (it's on Yahoo! Answers, btw)

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I agree with Paul....

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The Moderators or whatever authorities run the site need to be informed.

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same happened to me at yahoo

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an ident I use in their forums. I just would put in a post on each thread he appeared in with a "Impersonator is not me", over and over again. Also kept reporting the impersonation and getting all of them blocked. Eventually it got almost impossible to impersonate my identity again and the person quit. Another way to avoid it is to use an ident that is short as possible and not using characters or numbers easily confused with others such as number one or letter L. For instance it's harder to impersonate "abc" than "awepoimr8uaqwpjdrq;cepjriqp9ui0d9cu83468tv"

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Not much to be done.

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I'm a bit confused. Has the identity been stolen from one forum so as to be used on a different one ?

If that is the case, there is little to be done. The victim can inform the mods from both forums. You can inform forum members with a public statement about what has happened. Unfortunately this often gives this troublemakers the satisfaction of knowing they achieved their disruptive aims. You can retire the old identity and replace it with another.

Ironically enough... SE has experienced the same problem. There is not a whole lot that can be done other than report it, complain about it, or ignore it.

Good luck.

p.s. I would not be sure how the same identity could be used on the same forum if there is any sort of registration process. Is the troublemaker misspelling the old ID or what ?

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