Member Rara Avis
I have no idea what you mean, I only read two of this guys poems, otherwise I do not know of him, in fact I have looked up at his profile and it says England, I am not from that country so cannot be the same person.
When risingphoenix had a poem pulled about a week ago, he wrote the Moderator who pulled it with a defense of the poem's content. No problem there, of course. But he, uh, forgot to remove his name from the email header, so it came in as "Peter james Marcroft" email@example.com
With that rather blatant clue (sic) staring us in the face, we checked the IP addresses and weren't terribly surprised to find them coming from the same ISP. As Nan alluded, this was something of a vindication of our methods. The Moderators didn't know that risingphoenix was Peter J Marcroft when the poem was pulled, proving that any witch hunt wasn't against him, but against offensive poetry.
Having a poem or two pulled isn't a big deal. When we tackle certain subjects, we take a risk and can only hope that our writing ability is equal to our ambition. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't, and the author often isn't the best judge of that. Taking risks is a good thing. When the poet makes a habit of posting poems that need to ultimately be pulled, it starts to become a bit more of a problem. When they refuse to listen, the problem escalates. Our Moderators are all volunteers, and I won't have them spending an inordinate amount of time reviewing the work of one author. I'd much rather see them writing. It's only happened about five times in four years, but at some point I ask them to stop wasting their time on someone apparently unwilling to listen. No more emails, no more warnings, no more long discussions on every poem. Pull posts as needed, then get on with more important things. That's the corner into which Peter managed to paint himself.
And you know, it's still not a real big deal. It's simply a procedure we follow, one that after four years has become pretty routine.
Lying to me, on the other hand, is a big deal.
"Is it my fault," risingphoenix wrote to me this morning, "That more than one person in the world shares the same forename and surname?" And the same middle initial? And the same ISP, even though allegedly in two different countries? Yea, right.
I dislike lies, and I REALLY dislike it when someone thinks we're all stupid. And as many of you have noticed over the years, I go just a little spastic when people feel the need to threaten. In a second letter this morning, risingphoenix wrote (in part):
"I know lots of scandanavian poets who were looking into finding publication placres on the net to recieve some kind of feedback on their work. Rest assured that I will be sending a copy of this e:mail to all of them and that I shall be advertising your site negatively. I could have brought you hundreds of users, well now I will onyl drive them away and I think they too will drive away their friends, and the chain will go on and on."
I have no problem with border-line posts, I welcome criticism, but I will not tolerate lies and threats (even empty ones).
Peter is history.
This time, really.