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Zoe Quinn's screenshots of 4chan's dirty tricks were just the appetizer. Here's the first course of the dinner, directly from the IRC log

Sorry, guys. I actually read the logs.
Sorry, guys. I actually read the logs.

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A couple of days ago, embattled indie game designer Zoe Quinn embarrassed some of her biggest critics by posting screenshots she’d collected from a 4channer IRC channel, showing an assortment of hateful and duplicitous #GamerGaters literally conspiring to wreck her reputation and create the illusion of a vast grassroots uprising against alleged corruption in the gaming business.

Her critics, put on the defensive, tried their best to dismiss her screenshots as “cherry picked,” and a few even accused her of writing the very messages she screenshotted and posted. Oh, there might be a few bad apples in the bunch, some were willing to concede, but they were in the minority.

And then they pulled out what they thought was their trump card: the full chat log from the IRC channel #burgersandfries from when the Zoe Quinn “scandal” first erupted in mid-August up until September 6th. All anyone had to do, they suggested, was to read the log, and they would soon see that Quinn was presenting a distorted picture based on out-of-context, “cherry-picked” quotes.

Of course, reading this particular log is a bit easier said than done: it’s 3756 pages, in 10-point type, of chaotic overlapping IRC conversations.

This is a classic case of what’s come to be known as “doc dumping,” which Wikipedia helpfully defines as

the act of responding to an adversary’s request for information by presenting the adversary with a large quantity of data that is transferred in a manner that indicates unfriendliness, hostility, or a legal conflict between the transmitter and the receiver of the information. The shipment of dumped documents is unsorted, or contains a large quantity of information that is extraneous to the issue under inquiry … .

It’s clear that those posting links to the log are hoping that their opponents will take one look at this enormous, messy document and simply give up.

What they didn’t count on was anyone calling their bluff – and actually taking the time to read it. Because if they actually knew what this document contained, and thought anyone would actually read the thing, they would have kept the links to themselves.

Even a quick skim through the document demonstrates that Quinn’s screenshots are hardly cherry-picked; you can flip to literally any page in this long, long document and find evidence of egregious misogyny and outright malice. Look a little deeper and you can find discussions of doxxing and spamming and all sorts of other dirty tricks.

But I’ve given the document a lot more than a quick skim. So far I’ve spent probably ten hours going through it, collecting evidence of all the things that the defenders of 4chan insist isn’t there. Even after ten hours, I’ve only begun to scratch the surface, but I would like to present you with some of my results so far.

Today, let’s look at some of what the 4chan chatters had to say about Zoe Quinn herself.

On Twitter, the standard line of the #GamerGate partisans is that what they’re doing isn’t abut Quinn herself; its a protest against corruption and nepotism in the video game world. They also insist that they’re not motivated by misogyny, and that they are more concerned about the alleged ethical lapses of game journalists than they are with just who Zoe Quinn allegedly slept with.

When it comes to the 4channers in #burgersandfries, these claims are complete and utter bullshit. The name “Zoe” appears 4778 times in the document, more than once per page; by contrast, “Nathan” – the first name of the allegedly corrupt game journalist she allegedly slept with – appears only 108 times. The words “ethics” and “ethical” appear, collectively, only 146 times.

Zoe’s name is in the official thread topic; chatters include it in their jokey nicknames. She’s the topic everyone always comes back to. She’s the reason everyone is there.

I decided to examine each occurrence of the name “Zoe” in order to see just what 4channers thought of her. After about 6 hours on this particular quest, I’ve only made it through roughly one-third of the mentions. But the results are not pretty.

The 4channers express their hatred and disgust towards her; they express their glee at the thought of ruining her career; they fantasize about her being raped and killed. They wonder if all the harassment will drive her to suicide, and only the thought of 4chan getting bad publicity convinces some of them that this isn’t something they should hope for.

They gleefully distribute nude pictures of her, posting links to online archives of them and emailing them directly both to Quinn’s supporters.

They dig up all sorts of information about her and her family and do their best to track down anyone and everyone with even the most tenuous links to her. One industrious researcher even manages to find a picture of Quinn at age 13; while acknowledging that it had no relevance whatsoever to issues of gaming ethics, she posts a link to it anyway.

And then there is the ongoing discussion of her vagina, described variously as “wide,” large enough to “fit 12 dicks at once, and “a festering cheese-filled vagina” that leaves “a trail of cunt slime” wherever she goes. Several 4channers speculate about its smell.

It’s not clear how exactly the size or shape or smell of Quinn’s vagina relates to the high-minded issues of gaming ethics that the #GamerGaters are said to be concerned with. But in the IRC log no one ever seems to call out any of those talking about Quinn in the crudest sexual terms.

Lets’ go to the logs directly. Everything that follows is cut and pasted directly from the full log, available here.

That said, IRC discussions can be chaotic and confusing, generally with more than one conversation going on at once, so in some cases, I have removed extraneous comments in order to make what is being said clearer. I’ve indicated all cuts with ellipses, and if you want to see what I’ve removed it should be trivial for you to locate the quotes in the full log by doing a search for an appropriate phrase or the relevant time and date stamp.

TRIGGER WARNING for discussion of rape, suicide and murder.

The log starts early on in the Zoe Quinn “scandal,” and numerous people in the chat talk about distributing her nude pictures to as many people as possible:

Aug 18 17.37.57 <SweetJBro> lol I’m tweeting Zoe’s nudes to some of her defenders.

A few days later, several other chatters talk about harassing Quinn by sending her own nude pictures to her:

Aug 21 23.20.35 there should be a massive campaign to tweet zoe her own nudes …
Aug 21 23.21.01 <Silver|2> They’ve been tweeted at her a lot

Here’s a chatter making clear that he’s mainly interested in seeing Quinn suffer:

Aug 18 20.10.06 i couldnt care less about vidya, i just want to see zoe receive her comeuppance

Here are some speculating about her state of mind:

Aug 19 01.34.01 if you were zoe right now what would you do
Aug 19 01.34.07 <FIVE-GUYS> get mugged
Aug 19 01.36.41 in all seriousness, i dont know
Aug 19 01.37.03 <FIVE-GUYS> ive never been in a situation like this
Aug 19 01.37.15 i’d probably kill myself tbh

Here are some others talking about the possibility of Quinn committing suicide, a possibility one chatter greets with a smiley:

Aug 19 02.28.30 okay, is zoe actually depressed?
Aug 19 02.28.35 i bet she is now
Aug 19 02.28.37 <mugg> diagnosed etc?
Aug 19 02.28.39 kek …
Aug 19 02.29.22 <Opus> I think she tried killing herself before
Aug 19 02.29.28 <kailasha> she should try that again :^)

“Kek,” by the way, is a nerdy version of “lol.”

Here one chatter suggests that focusing only on Quinn is a bad idea – because it will make 4channers look bad:

Aug 21 17.23.31 <sarahv> The problem is that making it about Zoe sleeping around amounts to a personal attack which, while funny and something she totally deserves, will hurt our chances of pushing the other point …
Aug 21 17.23.38 <rd0951> ./v should be focused on the implications of gaming journalism …
Aug 21 17.23.47 Because SJWs will cherry-pick the /b/ shit posting and say “See? It’s sexist MRAs!”

A few days later, this (relative) voice of moderation gleefully jokes about Quinn being choked to death during sex:

Aug 22 02.02.46 <CutestGAmerGorl> Okay guys, how much does Zoe like being choked
Aug 22 02.02.49 <CutestGAmerGorl> during sex? …
Aug 22 02.02.58 <sarahv> clearly not enough

Here one chatter openly fantasizes about driving Quinn to “an hero” — that is, kill — herself:

Aug 21 17.48.06 I’m debating whether or not we should just attack zoe …
Aug 21 17.48.29 <Opfag> push her… push her further….. further, until eventually she an heroes …
Aug 21 17.48.51 <OtherGentleman> … What makes you think she has the balls to kill herself?
Aug 21 17.48.57 I kind of want to just make her life irrepairably horrible …
Aug 21 17.49.16 <NASA_Agent> but what if she suicides …
Aug 21 17.49.24 <Opfag> Good.
Aug 21 17.49.29 Then we get to troll #Rememberzoe

One chatter warns that this strategy might … make 4chan look a tad misogynistic:

Aug 21 17.49.45 The more you try to attack her directly, the more she gets to play the victim card and make a bunch of friends who will support her because, since she has a vagina, any attack is misgony

Meanwhile, one of the other chatters suggests a rather creative division of labor amongst partisans of different 4chan message boards:

Aug 21 17.49.48 <rd0951> ./v should be in charge of the gaming journalism aspect of it. /pol should be in charge of the feminism aspect, and /b should be in charge of harassing her into killing herself

In the following excerpt, the IRC channel moderator asks one chatter why he is so obsessed with elaborate fantasies of Quinn dying in particularly gruesome ways:

Aug 21 18.26.37 <Cyberserker> You need a reason …
Aug 21 18.28.14 <Opfag> Well I don’t have a legitimate reason.
Aug 21 18.28.21 <Cyberserker> Nothing?
Aug 21 18.28.21 <Opfag> I just want to see her die horribly.
Aug 21 18.28.29 <Cyberserker> I’m talking about [your particular fantasies]
Aug 21 18.28.33 <Opfag> Oh.
Aug 21 18.28.39 <totality> sometimes you just want someone to get hurt
Aug 21 18.28.43 <Opfag> That, I have no idea
Aug 21 18.28.48 <totality> nothing wrong with that
Aug 21 18.28.51 all I know is I want zoe to die like that

While some fantasize about Quinn dying, others fill the chat with crude and often bizarre sexual remarks. All of the following comments came from a mere seven minutes in the chatroom:

Aug 22 02.21.54 i want to smell zoe quinn’s armpits …

Aug 22 02.25.42 you all would fuck the zoeholes
Aug 22 02.25.46 <JTG> given a chance too
Aug 22 02.25.47 <The_Remover> I am extremely aroused right now …

Aug 22 02.26.47 someone seduce zoe quinn
Aug 22 02.26.53 <vanu> follow the shekels
Aug 22 02.26.56 <The_Remover> I volunteer to take one for the team
Aug 22 02.26.57 <vanu> to her vagina …

Aug 22 02.28.51 meditate to nude pictures of zoe
Aug 22 02.28.53 <The_Remover> she gonna get raped

Of course, the 4channers are quick to profess disgust at the assorted nude pictures of Quinn they’re happily passing around to one another and the internet at large:

Aug 22 04.50.24 by the by, trigger warning on that mediafire archive. don’t download if you don’t want to see zoe naked …
Aug 22 21.17.13 <JCTheDenthog> Zoe’s mouth must be the strongest vacuum in nature to compensate for her face, body, and everything

Another suggests that his 4chan brethren download Quinn’s nudes if not for their own sexual gratification than for possible further blackmail later:

Aug 22 04.53.14 Eugh, why would you want to have her on your HDD? …
Aug 22 04.53.45 <The_Remover> because, a couple of months from now, when all this shit has died down, a raid may just be in order …
Aug 22 04.54.10 and i bet her dad doesn’t know she did porn …

Several days into the scandal, one chatter laments that there’s not much dirt left to dig on Quinn:

Aug 22 23.00.55 <Drinky_Kraw> I don’t think there’s anything left to harass Zoe over anyway. …
Aug 22 23.01.00 <Drinky_Kraw> The laundry is pretty much all aired

By the 23rd, some bored chatters compare notes on what they see as the relative sexual pros and cons of Quinn and game critic Anita Sarkeesian:

Aug 23 05.40.20 <Josh_> Zoe has a gross robotic hand, blue hair, and tats 4 days
Aug 23 05.40.29 <Josh_> if I was forced to put my dick in one of them
Aug 23 05.40.29 <Josh_> Anita
Aug 23 05.40.39 <GribFabdabgib> If I had to put my dick in them, yeah Anita
Aug 23 05.40.43 Anita is a skinny bitch whos all bones
Aug 23 05.40.48 <DarkHiero> True …

Aug 23 05.41.07 <DarkHiero> But at least it looks like she tries to take care of herself. …
Aug 23 05.41.15 <Headsmash_> From just looks alone, Id rather do Zoe than Anita. Fat bitches usually give better head anyway.
Aug 23 05.41.21 <DarkHiero> If I’m putting my dick in crazy, that matters.
Aug 23 05.42.00 <DTrig> Yeah but odds are good you get the clap/crabs from Zoe
Aug 23 05.42.14 <Headsmash_> Same could be said for Anita based on what we know
Aug 23 05.42.17 <Headsmash_> lol
Aug 23 05.42.32 * DarkHiero shrugs
Aug 23 05.42.34 Anita looks like she douches though
Aug 23 05.42.36 <DTrig> ANd cleans up
Aug 23 05.42.39 Zoe…. eh

And then it’s back to another discussion of suicide:

Aug 23 19.38.17 <Headsmash_> So does anyone think Zoe’s gonna off herself and become a catalyst for misogyny and hatred of women in video games and video game culture? …
Aug 23 19.38.47 if zoe offed herself she probably wouldn’t be anything but an ED article ..
Aug 23 19.38.55 <Araf> Headsmash_: She won’t, she has a too big ego …
Aug 23 19.39.13 <Headsmash_> I’m not too sure about that. I think she could.
Aug 23 19.39.16 <Araf> She would off herself if everyone ignored her and abandoned her, which is not the case. …
Aug 23 19.39.25 <Headsmash_> Depends on how much she gets stuck in the victimization complex. …
Aug 23 19.39.28 Really the 5guys scandal is the most famous Zoe has been …
Aug 23 19.39.43 <rd0952> yeah but she’s also been harassed night and day for a week

Other chatters indulge in sadistic fantasies:

Aug 24 12.24.22 who really wants to meet zoe quinn and be kind and comfort her in this time of crisis
Aug 24 12.24.43 <Cyberserker> Not if you comfort her with a knife-hug
Aug 24 12.24.45 <Cameralady> and slowly, through friendship and blossoming relationship, get her to repair her shitty ways and come clean and become a good person …

Aug 24 12.24.52 <Cameralady> and then
Aug 24 12.24.56 <Cameralady> once she’s reformed
Aug 24 12.24.58 <Cyberserker> knife-hug?
Aug 24 12.25.07 dump her in the most brutal, heartwrenching way possible

One chatter wants his fellow 4channers to declare victory and move on:

Aug 24 15.16.10 <PaperDinosaur> Also Zoe is no longer the target to be focused on
Aug 24 15.16.13 <Josh_> ^^
Aug 24 15.16.14 <sarahv> ^^^^^
Aug 24 15.16.18 It’s about the 5guys
Aug 24 15.16.21 <sarahv> It always has been
Aug 24 15.16.28 <Josh_> It’s more about the journos
Aug 24 15.16.33 <PaperDinosaur> She’s done, we’ve wrecked her in a professional manner. …
Aug 24 15.16.42 <sarahv> Unfortunately most of the people involved in this seem to be interested in destroying Zoe
Aug 24 15.16.46 stop digging up shit on zoe’s past
Aug 24 15.16.47 <PaperDinosaur> Now we have to wreck her shield, the people who tried to defend her

Soon afterwards the same guy who suggested that they move on from Quinn is back making jokes about her killing herself:

Aug 24 16.33.54 <PaperDinosaur> Guys, lets me fair to Zoe here
Aug 24 16.34.02 If every time I did something people sent me nues of her
Aug 24 16.34.07 <PaperDinosaur> I’d fucking kill myself

That same evening, Quinn’s ex-boyfriend – the fellow who started the whole thing going with a long series of blog entries documenting Quinn’s alleged infidelities – shows up on the channel to ask questions from the assembled mob.

Here is one of the questions he chose to answer:

Aug 25 00.02.21 <Cyberserker> Last question is from several people actually. I wanted to save it until the end due to how popular it was.
Aug 25 00.02.22 <Cyberserker> “Would you say Zoe was a “big girl” for you?” …

Aug 25 00.03.04 <Eron_G> she is heavier than people I usually date. …

Aug 25 00.03.12 <Cyberserker> Fair enough …

Aug 25 00.03.14 <ebola-chan> Did she not fly so good?

And a few that he didn’t:

Aug 25 00.04.13 What does her pusy smell like must answer …
Aug 25 00.07.11 Eron, when you went down on her, did you taste the other guys semen? If so, what did it taste like? …
Aug 25 00.10.40 Eron I don’t think you want your headphones back, it’s most likely splattered in Nathan’s semen and Robin’s Menstrual fluids. …
Aug 25 00.16.52 eron are you going to take up sucking dick now that you’ve been cucked by the 2/10 ugly jew

Later that morning the chatters are back to sharing their creepy and violent sexual fantasies:

Aug 25 00.19.28 <EronLovesZoe> I feel like I would probably fuck Zoe. But not out of a loving sense of sexual attraction. More of that “hate fuck” sense where you just want to assert your dominance as a male on her, a primal savagery. Then I’d probably have to sterilize myself to prevent the genome from spreading.
Aug 25 00.19.59 I’d slap a saddle on zoe and ride her throught the midwest
Aug 25 00.20.02 I wouldn’t even get that far EronLovesZoe, I’d just start raging and headbutting her and gnawing on her cheek …

Aug 25 00.20.10 that seabiscuit looking ass bith

And talking again about the pros and cons of trying to get Quinn to kill herself:

Aug 25 07.18.18 <Logan> Any chance we can get Zoe to commit suicide?
Aug 25 07.18.29 if we can get more daming evidence
Aug 25 07.18.29 I think the [doxxing info removed by DF] is a good shot.
Aug 25 07.18.33 <temet> like her fucking a train of lack dudes …
Aug 25 07.18.39 <PaperDinosaur> fuck off Logan
Aug 25 07.18.39 <temet> black
Aug 25 07.18.51 <Logan> Nah 21st century doing a train is so 90s. …
Aug 25 07.18.59 <PaperDinosaur> If she commits suicide we lose everything …
Aug 25 07.20.34 <PaperDinosaur> If you can’t see how driving Zoe to suicide would fuck this entire thing up then you’re a fucking idiot
Aug 25 07.20.41 Imagine the kotaku article …
Aug 25 07.20.48 <temet> PaperDinosaur is right
Aug 25 07.20.51 <temet> not the right PR play

Not. The. Right. PR. Play.

And on that note I am going to end this installment.

This is only a small fraction of the terrible stuff said about Quinn, in the small portion of the log I have managed to read through so far.

I may return with more installments. Honestly, I’m not sure how much more I can stomach.

But I will certainly write more about the 4channers’ discussions about doxxing and hacking Quinn and others; again, I have looked only at a portion of the logs so far, but there is already a great deal there.

EDIT: Just realized that WordPress ate a bunch of the names of the posters in the quotes here. (WordPress likes to eat angle brackets.) I’ll manually add the names back in when I get the chance.

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strivingally
7 years ago

The dumb thing is that all these crusaders for “journalistic integrity” who are ostensibly trying to dissociate themselves from the 4chan trolls will still find ways to justify the original abuse of ZQ.

Scratching the surface to find the misogynist underneath is easy enough. All you need to do is ask what ZQ has to do with journalism – you’ll get some vaguely-worded indignation about her being “just as bad” as the journos.

If they really were interested in more noble pursuits, wouldn’t they be denouncing the assholes who are trying to ruin her career? But no, she deserves punishment on their little purity crusade. I give it three months, tops, before this newfound interest in “fighting journalistic corruption” gets boring and they glom onto a new feminist target.

Alex M
Alex M
7 years ago

Here’s another duck.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
7 years ago

This is, for real, a monumental effort and I thank you, David, for taking one for the team on this.

Here’s the only brain bleach I have on hand:

http://imgur.com/cTjpTV0

katz
7 years ago

Ooh, what pretty green eyes!

BreakfastMan
7 years ago

@LBT (with an open writeathon!): There definition of “doxxing” means whatever they want it to mean. They have accused Anita of doxxing because she revealed an e-mail, complete with e-mail address, of some vile, abusive hate-mail she got. The “doxxing” they are referring to in this instance is a time when zoe posted some a screenshot communication between herself and the person running TFYC (at least, I believe that is the instance they are referring to here. All there accusations have become one big misogynistic blur at this point).

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
7 years ago

My god. All the luck in the world, David, for slogging through this mess. May the brain bleach be ever at your side.

You can see the damage control gears turning by the end of the log. Before knowing Zoe Quinn was monitoring their chat: earnest discussions on doxxing, rooting out people’s names, trying to poke news organizations and set up false accounts to continue their mission of harassment.

After: “LOL IT WAS JUST JOKES! Just because there’s an IRC channel, we must be planning something? We’re 4chan, we just say offensive things and are individuals with no purpose.”

It’s like watching a bunch of flies scattering after being disturbed. Nobody who takes 10 minutes to read through the beginning of the logs couldn’t figure out what they were up to.

Broken Butterfly
Broken Butterfly
7 years ago

Sorry did someone say “green” and “cat”?

http://www.mariowiki.com/File:Cat_Luigi_Artwork_-_Super_Mario_3D_World.png

Broken Butterfly
Broken Butterfly
7 years ago

…that was supposed to be Cat Luigi, but for some reason it didn’t link.

runsinbackground
7 years ago

If the questions that you posted were representative, I think it implies pretty strongly that 4chan never took even the ex-boyfriend’ “plight” terribly seriously. That question that he answered was a reference to the opening scene of The Dark Knight Rises; it’s a meme, a joke that he was clearly not in on, since he failed to reply in the form of another line from the scene. On the one hand this is 4chan we’re talking about, raids aren’t really about accomplishing any particular goal, they’re about working off free-floating aggression against people you think of as helpless, but on the other hand if the presumed wronged party shows up and all you can think of is gross fetish crap and baneposting that says something.

Cassie's Major Domo
Cassie's Major Domo
7 years ago

So it looks like none of the trolls who popped up here have returned with a second comment. Perhaps they actually decided to start reading the chats themselves, and are now hopelessly lost (“Wait, somebody said something nice in here, right? And if I find that and bring attention to it, that’s totally not cherry picking, right?”)

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
7 years ago

Also great to see how frustrated they were that news organizations weren’t picking up the story they wanted to push. CENSORSHIP!

strivingally
7 years ago

Combining brain bleach and my reaction to the thread topic:

https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/8304851712/h5A1DE12C/

A. Noyd
A. Noyd
7 years ago

Gotta love how a couple of them are so clueless they think it would be illegitimate for Quinn to feel victimized in response to this massive campaign to victimize her.

strivingally
7 years ago

Gack. Wanted to direct-link the image. FTR, it’s an adorable baby leopard face-palming. 😀

GrumpyOldNurse
GrumpyOldNurse
7 years ago

@ Cassie’s Major Domo – I salute your optimism and baseless charity regarding the inherent goodness of human nature!

patagonianhorsesnake
patagonianhorsesnake
7 years ago

@strivingally

privilege is right. they’re safe, they don’t have to worry about any of this hurting them. even when they get caught out saying all of these awful things they’ve got people coming out of the woodwork to defend them

Ken L.
7 years ago

Zoe Quinn deserve nothing but sympathy, love and support from every decent person on the planet. These attacks are inexcusable, unfathomable and just beyond the beyond of anyway to go against someone you dislike, let alone start a grass roots movement to root out so called “corruption.” I only hope this gets no worse, keeping in mind that it’s bad enough already. Also it is important to call people out on their shit, however it is equally usefully to found out what lead them to be such vile people. It helps me keep in mind they’re human beings too. Which is something they forgot about Zoe Quinn, I fear my anger might turn me into them.

patagonianhorsesnake
patagonianhorsesnake
7 years ago

i’ve got a video of a dachshund barking angrily at a turtle shell somewhere around here. i think that would make pretty good brain bleach.

Ken L.
7 years ago

*Find Out sorry

pendraegon
pendraegon
7 years ago

Aaaaaand after reading most of the chatlog, at least the parts that didn’t make my brain bleed. Yup it’s exactly what I expected it to be. 4chan goes it doesn’t bother us when we harass and attack you, so it shouldn’t bother you when we harass and attack you either. Because each individual channer is the only real person in the world and everyone else is there for our uses.

GrumpyOldNurse
GrumpyOldNurse
7 years ago

@ Ken L. – I think pendraegon just stated very nicely and succinctly how they got to be such vile people. They don’t believe that anyone else exists.

sparky
sparky
7 years ago

A. Noyd:

Gotta love how a couple of them are so clueless they think it would be illegitimate for Quinn to feel victimized in response to this massive campaign to victimize her.

Yeah, funny, that.

Most people who complain about someone “playing the victim card” are usually really saying, “You’re making me feel bad by pointing out my shitty behavior towards this person.”

tinyorc
7 years ago

oraclenine:

As to cherry picking- you can’t ‘pick’ what isn’t there.

If there are no slurs, you can’t cherry pick them. If there are no sexual assault or death threats, you can’t cherry pick them. If there are no discussions of violating someone’s privacy or personal information… well, you know. If that shit isn’t part of the discussion then there wouldn’t be anything in the logs for Meanie McMeanypants to ‘cherry pick’ to make the GamerGaters look bad.

This is one of the best quotes about cherry-picking I have ever read – I hope you don’t mind me saving it and quoting you in the future?

strivingally:

They don’t seem to understand the difference between “cherry-picking” and “summarising” and “comparing common traits”.

Also this! Good job, team! I love this community!

Marc McKenzie
Marc McKenzie
7 years ago

I think I’m going to throw up….the fools dare to call themselves _human_?

Kinda
Kinda
7 years ago

They all look the same to me…

strivingally
7 years ago

@tinyorc:

AS herself retweeted some comment about it being really easy to “cherry-pick” when you’re standing in an orchard full of cherry trees. I thought that was apt. 😉

Ken L.
7 years ago

To paraphrase James Ellroy ” The person who invented the cherry picking and out of context defense should have a giant cherry picking trophy shoved up their ass.”

tinyorc
7 years ago

@strivingally: Or in her case, when people are figuratively “pelting” you with “cherries” to extent that it’s impossible to focus on anything else!

@Ken L: HA! Beer, meet keyboard!

roguepixie
roguepixie
7 years ago

Head hurts. They’re still packaging this mess as a heroic crusade against the evils of corruption in the big bad of game journalism. I can’t say it doesn’t exist, but death threats and explicit rape fantasies hurled at someone for the crime of having sex—this doesn’t help. So glad for bunnies.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
7 years ago

Reading through the Q&A with the ex in the chat logs… It’s both enlightening and mind-boggling. What I wanted to share with you, though, is that after the ex repeatedly states that 4chan should lay off the harassment and the Q&A stops for a moment and moves to a more free-for-all discussion, one of the first questions asked is about what Zoe’s real name is.

Some people in that IRC clearly have PR in mind. Others clearly do not.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
7 years ago

Has anyone made Bingo cards? I made Bingo cards.

https://imgur com/urohr0x

sorceressensorcelled
sorceressensorcelled
7 years ago

This is just terrifying and incomprehensible. I legitimately don’t get how these peoples’ minds work. There’s just so much hatred and anger in those quotes for a woman whose alleged actions would just have been shrugged off if she were a man. Can someone explain to me who the hell shit in these guys’ cereal bowls?

As for cherry-picking, I guess we’re all supposed to ignore the virulent misogyny if it’s what they consider the “minority” of comments on the subject huh? Just let it go? And this is coming from the same class of jerks who won’t shut up about this white feather order bs?

Someone fetch me my vomit bucket. I’m gonna need it for at least an hour.

blahlistic (@blahlistic)

@ David, thank you so much for slogging through that sewage.
Will send you some money when not so broke myself.

@ 4 channers: stop trying to spin this. Y’all have been proven to be more full of shit than a flock of Christmas turkeys.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

I see some people are now encountering 4chan and its, um, let’s say very specific culture for the first time. Good thing other people are already providing support bunnies.

But seriously, the trolls trying to gaslight critics? That’s part of the site-specific culture too. Take them about as seriously as you’d take a toddler who claims not to have raided the cookie jar with a face smeared with crumbs.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

(The attempts at gaslighting, I mean. Take their desire to hurt Quinn and others very seriously indeed, because that’s the one thing they’re absolutely sincere about.)

slivarth
7 years ago

I braced for impact, turned mind deflector shields on, watched some Moar Bunnies as a vaccine and plunged deep into the log file again.
The horror, oh, the horror.
It just does not stop. It continues and continues in similar manner the whole time. Rape, torture and homicide threats & fantasies, ways to make someone commit suicide, web search for private information, posting ‘whistle-blower’ films, Q&A with Eron – they constantly cook this stew of hysterical hate and violence. What are they so afraid of?
I stopped around 2nd of September, but what I saw was enough. How one can call this ‘cherry picking’? Those are definitely NOT cherries.

fruitloopsie
fruitloopsie
7 years ago

I have no idea why but I was reading JB’s stuff
http://judgybitch.com/2014/09/08/feminists-care-about-equality-bullshit-they-stand-directly-in-the-way-of-it/

JB and her followers are such terrible people.

YoullNeverGuess
7 years ago

I spent an hour or two browsing the logs, so maybe this thread got dropped. However, it struck me that for the days I read, 4chan was desperately trying to find information on that one journalist’s wife, to “inform” her about her husband’s betrayal. It seems obvious that they wanted her contact information to torment her about her husband’s rumored affair. It seemed very callous to me, that her state of mind was collateral damage in their crusade. I’m sure they would claim it was because she needed to hear “the truth.”

DaleK.
DaleK.
7 years ago

You are my hero!! I downloaded the zip, spent about an hour reading and realized it would take the rest of my life to finish. I couldn’t see the point because the people who need to know this who’ve been vocal can’t or won’t accept facts at this point thanks to cognitive dissonance. At least now I’m not alone in being a bit OCD about the truth. Thanks!

“Sorry guys, I actually read the logs”. Seriously. I’m so sick of being spoken down to by people quoting clickbait headlines as fact. Many of them I see are here now in your comment section.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

I don’t know how to put this any more simply – they like hurting people. Doing so is fun for them. This is their hobby, tormenting people on the internet. No matter how hard you look for an alternate, less horrible explanation, you won’t find it, because it doesn’t exist.

cloudiah
7 years ago

@Policy of Madness, Nicely done.

tealily
tealily
7 years ago

The fact that the 4chan loser scumbags might be kids only illustrates how early in life boys are exposed to misogyny and given the green light socially by other men and boys to engage in it that they can spew that bullshit as a teen or very young adult without a thought. Nothing else.

ej
ej
7 years ago

@YoullNeverGuess

I spent an hour or two browsing the logs, so maybe this thread got dropped. However, it struck me that for the days I read, 4chan was desperately trying to find information on that one journalist’s wife, to “inform” her about her husband’s betrayal. It seems obvious that they wanted her contact information to torment her about her husband’s rumored affair. It seemed very callous to me, that her state of mind was collateral damage in their crusade. I’m sure they would claim it was because she needed to hear “the truth.”

This sums it up perfectly. For anyone who wants to say that this isn’t misogynistic and that it’s about “journalistic integrity” needs to read that section. If it really were about journalistic integrity, why are they not going after the journalist? Yes, ratting him out will no doubt hurt him, but it hurts his wife too. You are exactly right in calling her “collateral damage.” It’s just another example of objectification. She’s not a person. She is a weapon for them to use in their attack.

sorceressensorcelled
sorceressensorcelled
7 years ago

@cassandrakitty: I just don’t get it. I mean, I see the words typed out, I see “enjoy” “hobby” and “torment” in the same statement, but I can’t get the words to fit together in any way that makes sense to me. I’ve never enjoyed tormenting anyone in my life, actively avoid it, so I’m just not comprehending any of this. Trying to understand how anyone could be so malicious and hateful is turning my brain to mush!

Phoenician in a time of Romans
Phoenician in a time of Romans
7 years ago

Heh – plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

Discovered today:

http://www.badassoftheweek.com/index.cgi?id=754345014062

“Back in the Dark Ages, before the Braves got Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, Georgia was a hardcore Orthodox Christian warrior-state located in present-day Georgia and ruled by a guy named King Georgi III. Georgi of Georgia was a decent guy, but he had a pretty intense problem with some of the asshole nobles who were supposed to be loyal to him, and around 1178 he ended up having to lay the smackdown on a pretty hardcore rebellion and execute a bunch of assholes who totally deserved it. Looking to cement his rule, King Georgi then decided to appoint his teenage daughter as his successor, and in a super elaborate ceremony he gave her a crown and an awesome-looking sword and told her to unflinchingly decapitate any douchebags who tried to fuck with their family line. Then, like six years later, he died for some reason.

Tamar faced her first test immediately. The second King Georgi beefed it, a bunch of idiot nobles and church officials started posting hateful shit on Georgia message boards about how girls didn’t know shit about shit and why wasn’t this chick baking lasagnas instead of tyrannically dominating the kingdom with an all-powerful authoritarian spiky iron fist. As was the case with nearly every place in the Christian world, there had never been a woman ruling Georgia before, the Church was against it, and the Council of Nobles started trying to make crazy demands and get her stripped of her authority.

She fucked their shit up.”

Tom J. Nelson
7 years ago

Dave, I don’t know how you sift through this shit I can’t even get through your summary without wanting to punch my monitor.

thebewilderness
thebewilderness
7 years ago

It isn’t really that hard to figure out. Think of something that is exciting to you. Something that gets your adrenalin pumping and makes you feel powerful. That is how hurting people makes them feel.

fruitloopsie
fruitloopsie
7 years ago

Phoenician in a time of Romans
Very interesting thanks for sharing

Thebewilderness
Still unbelievable on how anyone can do these kinds of things

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

They’re basically the junior, geek-focused equivalents to Elam. There are some people who see hurting others as a fun thing to do, and the more pain they get in response the more fun it seems to be for them.

sparky
sparky
7 years ago

Eh, they’re evil. They’re just bad people. They’re people who get their jollies from hurting other people.

Why do bad people exist? That’s one of those hefty philosophical questions about the whole origins of evil that no Inez’s ever really answered completely.

I don’t understand their mindset either, but I don’t get off on hurting other people. I don’t think anyone who isn’t a complete and total evil asshole can understand it.