An update on our troll farmer in Aberdeenshire

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Many readers have been intrigued by the post earlier this week with a message to our troll farmer in Aberdeenshire.

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Over the last month of so, by the look of it, someone or some people using the same two computers or two Local Area Networks which link locally into Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, have been posting multiple comments on LDV, under multiple names from multiple invalid email addresses.

As all the email addresses have been invalid (up until yesterday), we have had no way of communicating privately with this person or persons (unknown) so hence why the message was posted.

Peterhead is, of course, a proud maritime town and all this trolling is appropriately fishy. Indeed, perhaps we have a fish farm on our hands, or a troll fishperson?

Since the message was posted on Wednesday, the Aberdeenshire troll farmer has carried on merrily feeding our trash bin.

All the comments are short and pithy, and are generally undermining the Lib Dems in a reasonably thoughtful way.

The very puzzling thing is why such comments are divided up between 28 separate names of people and 28 separate invalid email addresses. It must take quite some time to dream up so many names and invalid email addresses.

Or are there actually 28 people in Peterhead using the same laptop – and unable to correctly enter their email addresses? – perhaps they are all queuing up at the same laptop saying:

Hurry up – I want to have my turn to make a clever point to undermine the LibDems!

Yesterday, the troll farmer seemed to cotton on (maybe they are a cotton farmer?) and actually gave a valid email address for one of the commenters. So we have written politely to that address to ask for confirmation that the email address is being monitored (so we can communicate with the commenter if necessary).

UPDATE NOTE 18:16 24/1/20: The troll farmer has replied to say that people don’t use valid email addresses because they will end up with spam. But as we mention in our comments policy, we never disclose people’s email addresses. We simply use them if we need to contact commenters.

UPDATE NOTE 11:25 25/1/20: It appears our troll farmer has taken his hands out of the manure for a moment in order to contact us! A gentleman from Peterhead has contacted us and it appears he may well be our sock puppet agriculturalist. It appears that this gentleman is particularly passionate about some subjects.

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  • Have you tried sticking their comments in google ( other search engines exist, wouldn’t try bing though it isn’t very good) and see if they turn up on other newspapers, blogs, twitter feeds etc. I suspect you are the victim of a troll whose ambition is greater than dominating Lib Dem voice. I must admit if I’m particularly bored I sometime try this with some of our Brexi and Lexi comments, surfice to say it didn’t really surprise me quite a lot of their postings couldn’t be classed as orginal content, much more control C, control V ( although they must have used valid email addresses).

  • Peter Watson 24th Jan '20 - 7:57pm

    “we never disclose people’s email addresses”
    Unless it has been fixed, accidentally typing an email address into the “Website” box when submitting a post leads to the email address appearing in the source code for the page when published.
    Frustratingly my browser insists on filling that box in for me and I have to remember to delete it before pressing “Post Comment”.

  • Peter Watson 24th Jan '20 - 7:59pm

    P.S. Looking in another thread I realise that this still happens.

  • Doesn’t someone have a golf course in Aberdeenshire?

  • Richard O'Neill 24th Jan '20 - 8:26pm

    Utterly bizarre that somebody would take all this trouble. It’s funny how people will say “the Lib Dems are irrelevant, nobody cares about them” but then devote so much time to attacking the party.

  • Andy Boddington 25th Jan '20 - 7:48am

    I get versions of this on my blog all the time. Worse on facebook. My list of blocked IPs and people grows longer. I don’t like doing it as I think councillors like me need to be challenged. But there are people, usually the hard left, who think the only way to persude to support their point of view is to say the same thing time and time again, no matter what the subject of the blog post is. We are a small town so I know the people responsible. They know I want constructive debate and argument. But they don’t want to engage. Just make the same point once, twice and a hundred times.

  • Neil Sandison 26th Jan '20 - 5:48pm

    For accuracy Wurzel Gummidge was a Mangle Worzel not a troll .A troll is small thin and ugle and not a bit like John Pertwee. Child of the 70s .

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