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I'm wondering if I've been victimized in this way. How do I know?
My glib answer is if it's happened to you, you know it. It's unpleasant and works like IRL harassment.
For the not-so-glib answer I need to ask a whole bunch of questions:
For where you are anonymous:*Do you use the same "handle" wherever you go, including chat rooms, discussion boards, blog comments, anywhere else like that, so that you are identifiable?*Have you found someone deliberately speaking to you/addressing you, whether positively or negatively, in ways that you find unwelcome? * Do they persist (either in the moment or over time) when you ask them to stop?
For when you are not anonymous:* Is this someone you know IRL who knows your email address, etc? * Is their attention, positive or negative, unwelcome for you?* Have you tried to block this person and they keep trying to find ways to contact you through email/Facebook/Myspace/etc? * Do they persist when you ask them to stop?
* Is this someone you don't know IRL, but who somehow knows you? * Do they look for you on listserves, etc. and comment when you post to them, etc? * Do they persist when you ask them to stop?
This is as thorough as I can be to answer your question, and of course I don't expect a response to the questions, think of them like a checklist. If you need other resources let me know and I'll post them.
N. Beltov, a meta-question: is this about rabble/babble? If not I think it should be moved to babblers helping babblers.
Thanks. "babblers helping babblers" is fine and might, in any case, be useful for others.
Okay, moving it.