Unfortunately I’m now not the only hyperlocal blogger in Melbourne to have acquired a stalker. Vetti live in Northcote recently received a series of increasingly belligerent comments that suggested that an anonymous coward holds her personally responsible for graffiti in Northcote. The author hates street art and sees no difference between it and the broader category of graffiti. Fair enough. Everyone can have their opinion.
Sweaty live in Northcote has used all their initiative to find the same WordPress template as Vetti to make a site that looks like the original. They’re using the information Vetti publishes to aid in the identification of the artists / vandals, and this information is then used to report them to various government authorities. It’s a clear agenda. Extreme, yes, but the law is the law. They’re free to pursue it.
However, the way in which it is done is distasteful. Choose your own design! Whoever you are, your lack of imagination or your vindictive mimicry says a lot about you. Vetti reports on local events and generally offers positive comments about street art in Northcote, but she doesn’t encourage it. Your indifference to the logic of cause and effect makes you look pathetic.
Some of the images on Sweaty appear to have been stolen from elsewhere as they are not referenced. The anonymous author makes an attempt to acknowledge copyright in relation to a screen capture image of Vetti’s site, but not other images. They appear to have studied my referencing practices because what I do is sufficiently unusual to be quite distinctive.
Meanwhile, my own stalker busies itself with incoherent conspiracy theories about whether I deliberately said a street was in Brunswick, not Coburg, when the opposite is true, and exposing that I retrospectively correct typos in my site when I find them. Like der… the flexibility of digital content is that it can be easily changed.
When will the stalkerati realise that they’re just feeding the egos of those they don’t understand?