The #GamerGate Harassment Patrol is a Success

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[UPDATE: The original post is something we no longer endorse as the evolution of the #GamerGate Harassment Patrol. This is something that is being used to silence, harass, and censor people that want to use the original moniker, #GamerGate Harassment Patrol.]

So #GamerGate is still raging on in the Twitter-sphere and other regions of the internet. It’s been affecting many on all sides of the fence, including myself, having seemingly anti-#GamerGate trolls attempt to doxx me (and end up doxxing my parents). These trolls seemed to just appear out of nowhere, and in force, last month.

To combat these nasty trolls who seek to only stifle and stop discussion and potential compromise, #GamerGate activists have established the #GamerGate Harassment Patrol. These individuals are a group of people on Twitter who seek to report and stop the harassment, doxxing, and threats made to people on all sides of the #GamerGate discussion.

Regardless of what the mainstream media is putting out there in front of the millions outside of the movement, no evidence has surfaced connecting #GamerGate activists to these trolls, threats, and doxxing attempts. There have been pieces of evidence leading to the connecting of anti-#GamerGate, but none of this has proved enough for a damning conviction.

The #GamerGate Harassment Patrol has successfully shut down hundreds of troll, threatening, and doxxing accounts on Twitter. They’ve also compiled all of their behaviors, messages, and patterns in an attempt to hopefully predict their next attacks. Coming from this, evidence has been found pointing to a number of these harassment incidents coming from Brazilian celebrity journalist Celebrinando Guy, or the Bill Waggoner hacking group (previously known as the GNAA).

With success comes responsibility and of course – the haters who attempt to destroy what you’ve created. Despite positive acknowledgement from alternative and mainstream media, shills/moles/concern trolls began to abuse the tag in order to censor discussion and cause infighting within the pro-#GamerGate community. Do not let this dissuade your discussion, simply report them and move on.

While some individuals feel that having a difference of opinion is considered harassment, a simple argument and or block can resolve this. Flagging a person for having a different opinion to yours is not the purpose of this group of dedicated individuals, or any rational person for that matter.

Brandon Orselli

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  • Zet

    Oh Eddy, gotta love it. One of his better films.

  • Nonscpo

    Hey Gater’s If any of you live in the city of Austin Texas in the USA/EEUU, do I have news for you. Candidate Mackenzie Kelly is running for office in District 6 on the #Gamergate platform, dont know if that will sway your vote but yeah:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/11/04/a-female-politician-is-running-for-office-on-the-gamergate-platform/

  • bell02

    about tone police

    https://twitter.com/Kingofpol/status/529586635042996224

    seems it was an attempt to destroy GG from the inside.

    if true or not, i would say, just focus, never change a working system and on top of that, twitter already have terms of use,..etc.. so no need to change this.

    …and on top of that, internet 1×1, never feed the troll, report and block, if it is to heavy, go to the police! Everything else is just bs.

  • Topgeartony

    I think Gamergate is coming to a close. The targets will cave as soon as they see the full extent of what we did to Gawker and clean their shit or follow suite. If not, the death of Gawker will be a reminder of our capabilities and more people will join in the wake.

    I think Vox should be next. They own Polygon and I’ve been meaning to take a dump Mr. Kuchera’s door step. Time to deflate his ego.

    Hopefully nobody can abuse the GG harassment patrol and use it as their own personal lynching mob anymore.

  • Emma Reade

    I agree, as time goes on it seems more and more like people will just get exhausted and give into #gamergate even the Washington Post seems to think that.

  • James

    You’re very optimistic.
    I think GamerGate will go on for a very long time, even if it’s not longer called that. It will continue to evolve and I hope that the conversation carrys on to other topics and other media outlets.

    I would caution anyone who thinks that it will end soon, or even that any of the sites involved will release a simple apology. If you get your hopes up, you’ll just get frustrated when they’re not met.

    The trenches have been dug, so settle in for the ride. Play some games, take some breaks, don’t tire yourself out. The fight will still be there when you get back.

  • We need to equip them with knives and stabbing weapons.

  • Excellent stuff. But I disagree with people stating that GamerGate is winding down: you over estimate the enemy.

    Many of them literally *cannot* conceive that they are getting pwned, and thus keep stirring the pot rather than wisely just STFU and let it blow over.

    Moreover if things do die down somewhat, I guarantee there will be articles appearing in the usual places declaring GamerGate has been defeated and lessons have been learned etc.

    I think this is going to rumble on and on and on.

  • The_Last_Ride

    #GamerGate will not stop until crap has stopped in the industry that we love and a hobby that we love

  • Thomas Fährmann

    well… as long as obsessed stalkers living somewhere in the twilight zone like brianna wu and most of “these” people on twitter… heh…twitter zone lol I´m sure there will be no peace. I bet a thousand dollar that brianna wakes up in the morning and the first thing she does is to stalk every gamergate comment or website about her name…then she enters her twitter zone and goes completely nuts for the whole world to see and yet has supporters…
    How can you talk to people who fight the windmills of don quijote ? I have seen to many idiotic posts, the worst kinds of insults throwing at us and honestly said truly insane people who shouldnt be allowed to roam the free world at all.
    Why is there a double post of me ?
    SO the very first thing a healthy society should do is to catch brianna and throw her into a mental hospital!

  • Cy

    So I’m confused, are people abandoning the #GamerGate tag all together or is the #GAmerGate Harassment Patrol just being renamed? If the tag is being dropped, then that’s basically just giving in, isn’t it? That’s really disheartening…

  • Thomas Fährmann

    No. “Some” people try to co opt the hashtag and throw around ideas that only serve the so called other side…

  • Topgeartony

    I know gamergate and the idea and concepts of GG will live on. But I’m talking about most gamers role in GG. It’s name sake. As it bleeds into other mediums, other people will take it up as other things using past examples as bases and inspiration. Once game media is cleaned up, I’ll take my leave and go back to playing vidya for the little time my weakened heart will allow me too.

    That and now I discovered Niche Gamer. I’m ex PR, so I’ll shill for them as much as I can now since they deserve all the help they can get for their amazing stance on GG. It would have been so easy to go against us to look good, but they didn’t. So I’ll help and direct as many people to this site to the best of my abilities. I’m trying to encourage devs I’ve worked with to open up to sites like this as alternatives too.

  • boag

    The #GamerGate tag is being dropped apparently, I myself will keep using it, but I will change it to doxxing and Threat patrol

  • Thomas Fährmann

    please dont lie!

  • Only the Harassment Patrol is dropping the tag. The movement continues, and the Harassment Patrol will still serve the people in the tag, this is just a way to stop infighting and trolls.

  • LurkerJK

    Stopping now would be like leaving a marathon 1 step before the finishing line, we must see this through or they will regenerate like a hydra, all they need is a break

  • LurkerJK

    what stops them from doing the same with other hashtags ? dropping the hash tag only weakens the forces by dividing them in exchange for nothing

  • Cy

    Ok, cool. b^_^

  • Topgeartony

    I know. I just believe it’s ending in our victory. Nothing more.

  • Thidran

    I’m going to leave an image here, and vent my disgust at the one who started this.
    http://i.imgur.com/0ieClEC.png

    He did not ask. He demanded. Izel is welcome to form his own group, but
    him co-opting is highly disrespectful. There is NO excuse for his
    antics. Thank you..

  • SailHatan

    Hello.

    Just wanted to separate my name from this; Izel did not have any role in the
    GGHP and I’ve answered questions about this already perfectly
    functioning system quite a few times.

    My view:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Kotak

    If the media attacked the GGHP (which it hasn’t, its been featured
    positively 4 times) or there was massive flaw then we would address the
    issue, otherwise you’re pumping effort into fixing something that isn’t
    broken.

    There’s more effort being put into arguing about the GGHP
    than I have ever had to participating in it. Changing the name will make it
    subject to the exact same attacks. The fighting alone is causing much
    more harm than the GGHP could ever potentially do.

    Sorry if those post seems harsh but I’m getting a lot of messages and questions regarding it! Thank you all GG! Fight the good fight :3

    Thank you.

  • Thomas Fährmann

    I dont even know what the confusion is. The gamergate hashtag hasnt changed since day one! People who wants to get rid of the gamergate hashtag or abandon it are the same usual suspects as always. And honestly i dont care about tone policy at all. The only people who needs some tone policy are the ones calling us fascists and terrorist!
    And all these virtuall threats mean nothing to me. Not one single individuall is sent to prison or had a date with the police FBI whatever. It´s all BS. to me! Perpetrated by the insane stalkers and hippys from the SJW clan!

  • The more I thought about this article, the more I began to find “funny” about the proposed changes. They all completely neuter the affectiveness of the partrol & stop general twitter users from benefiting from it’s use. Simply checking twitter profiles before reporting will go a long way to prevent any for of tone-policing; as well as making sure only TOS violations are what’s reported, not disagreements.

  • Thidran

    Exactly the point.

  • GhoulSlayeR

    As long as we keep pointing out corruption and bad ethics, I do not care what hashtag we use, it’s just a word.

  • Thomas Fährmann

    And that we make it very clear that we LOVE games and gaming :)

  • Mark Neil

    Cleavage pushes groups apart?

  • daggot

    well said

  • Carl B.

    This is just getting so (needlessly) confusing right now.

  • B.E.

    Ick. It would appear the thought experiment I mentioned in the open forum (i.e. my typical rambling) the #gamergate branding problem..seems to be real. Just when I finally got the spelling right.

    Reading further its not the whole hashtag, just a sub-use of it, but still. Its a shame to see what I was afraid of, people tarnishing the hashtag to the point of it being anti-productive, is at least in this case seemingly come true.

    Here’s hoping things get resolved so the movement doesn’t get split into 12 different sub-variations of the moniker. I don’t think anyone wants that.

  • K-Swiss

    Great article. I think the harassment patrol is being misused by many users and it serves to police GG as much as it does anti.

    That wouldn’t be a bad thing if people knew what’s worthy of policing. it almost seems as if they’re defending the SJWs from criticism sometimes.

    I support this plan

  • Chicago_Gamer

    It’s pretty clear that the tag is starting to be used against #Gamergate as a whole. The tone policing (whether from legit GGers or shills abusing the patrol tag) has started to drive away people like Rogue and IA. You may not agree with those guys on everything but they were instrumental in GG spreading.

    Doing it all incognito with people who will begin trusting each other and get rid of the shills would only help. I don’t get why there’s such an opposition to this.

  • Chicago_Gamer

    That’s not at all what this article says.

  • Luis Eduardo

    can you explain why they “neuter the affectiveness of the patrol?” All changes only help the patrol

  • Luis Eduardo

    I agree with those changes, the name make it really obvious what is the patrol about, so we can stop the tone policing, and keeping it through DM will negate the attention those trolls love so much.

    I had trolls retweeting my reports of themselves before, they love it, dont give them this pleasure.

  • Ncrdrg

    It makes it less open, hidden from view, so it’s harder to spread. Moving it from the GamerGate tag gives it less visibility too. it’s a lot more chaotic to share too, which makes it harder to crack down on threats/doxxes quickly. The only thing I agree with is the name change for clarity purposes. Everything else seems like a bad move designed by someone who doesn’t believe in it in the first place.

    I saw Izel say “Shut it down, antis don’t care so it’s useless.”

    I find it incredibly fucked up for this change to be announced so lopsidedly too, there was no consensus over this. If they want to start another patrol, fine. But co-opting it and making it their own is just…

    I understand the point about not feeding the troll but putting it private designs leaders who decide who’s GG and who’s not, who gets to share, . And that Izel dude is calling people shills for mere disagreements so fuck it, I don’t trust any of it.

  • Chicago_Gamer

    I would argue that making it hidden prevents public drama like we got with King of Pol and Rogue when half of GG started dog-piling them. If it had been discussed beforehand they could have opted to talk to those guys in a less embarrassing fashion.

  • Ncrdrg

    …What happened with Pol and Rogue have nothing to do with the harassment patrol. In fact, why is Rogue pushing for changing a patrol he said he didn’t believe in because fuck them all antis, we’re not here to police harassment we’re not responsible for. (I’m paraphrasing here), especially in light of the fact he said he was leaving GG to splinter into a group he intends to lead.

    To me, it sounds like e-drama queens deciding they wanted to change something they didn’t like and started making it law.

  • SailHatan

    Mute them or report them, then they can’t RT it :P

    If people are tone policing refer them to the reddit article please!

  • Red Lagoon

    Ultra Nice! Srs. you keep writing like this and I’ll run out of Ultras, Supers, Megas :) You know what I mean :) !!!

  • Kobeer Namtab

    My fucking issue is him bullying others against using the tag. What the actual fuck is going on? I just blocked him, I’m just going to keep doing what we do best.

  • Ncrdrg

    No kidding, wtf. That guy is nuts. I didn’t intend to go public and tag GG on it before he went and pulled that nonsense.

  • Landale

    It’s not a “branding” problem, it will never be a problem with “branding”. It’s an issue of it being hijacked. A simple change in name to a method prevents that from being done without the attempts being obvious.
    And quite frankly, it doesn’t even need to have the name changed and it has yet to be seen if it’ll catch. It’s more likely that people will just be more thorough in checking what is being suggested for reporting.

    https://twitter.com/Kingofpol/status/529546003436015617

  • PornMod

    I’m really uncomfortable having anything private. This whole scandal has been about the community pushing back against private groups. We don’t need another one in our own circle.

    I don’t see the problem with public discussion.

  • PornMod

    Also, the tag should not be changed. This move makes little sense.

  • daggot

    She’s an SA goon i don’t trust her

  • Alistair

    I say good for them for doing this, but the question is what form is harassment there are many harassment, death threats, rape threats & doxxing then there all the ones that attack you if you put in a typo. The grammar police.

    Then there the one that being just send a response to any of a SJWs no malice in the tweet.

    Because it’s hard to police example if you swear at some-one it suspected as harassment but you go out in the real word & swear at your mates no malice at all.

    If you tell a troll to Fuck off it not a harassment. hell if you tell Anita to fuck off it not harassment.

    So all SJW’s FUCK OFF.

  • SailHatan

    https://twitter.com/LetsSailHatan/status/530039947420385282

    It’s very easy to see if someone is doxing or threatening in a couple seconds.

    If they aren’t don’t report them. Really, really simple stuff, there’s no need for complication.

  • Bill Paxton

    I wonder if this could be related to this: http://i.imgur.com/9RTrSCi.jpg

  • Thanatos2k

    Once Gamergate survives the mainstream media barrage the opposition has no recourse left. The mainstream media never sustains these kind of stories longer than a week so they’ll move on, and with Gamergate not caring about more lies and slander, anti-GG has no where left to turn. They have no events to be cancelled by evil threats, no new harassment victims to trot out. They have nothing but the hollow cries of “But we beat you….didn’t you see MSNBC!?” remaining.

  • Nathan Clark

    Warning: This is a co-opt attempt. This isn’t something the majority of the group decided, this is a small minority trying to force what they want onto the rest of the group. The person suggesting this change has also made a number of questionable comments, including trolling, harassing, and bullying other members.

  • Landale

    I sent Brandon a message pointing this stuff out to him a while ago. I also pointed out Izel’s similar bullshit logic to the last attempt to derail the Harassment Patrol, which I had tried warning people about over a week ago.

    http://www.nichegamer.net/2014/10/open-forum-14/#comment-1655546546

  • Chicago_Gamer

    I don’t get what this is supposed to mean. It kinda looks like exactly like what I was saying, tbh.

    I saw the uproar that came up from all of this though. My article about it was a suggestion, not a demand but it seems that others were forcibly telling others what to do. I’m against anyone forcing others to do what they want no matter who they are.

  • So after many of our fans pointed out, the contents of the original article we being used to harass and censor #GamerGate supporters. I updated the OP and made a public apology on twitter/facebook.

    I sincerely apologize for this misunderstanding. I didn’t know it would be used to divide GamerGate.

  • Topgeartony

    Good. Fuck Izel. Egotistical wanker. Margaret Gel has her heart in the right place. All we need to do is look at the people being reported, simple as that.