Generally speaking, I don’t mind if people post links to their own blogs in comments here, especially if it’s on topic. However, this is not an appropriate place for people to link to their own unrelated posts, using the name of one of their characters, and talk about themselves in the third person, as if they’re fooling anyone.
Exhibit #1: Joseph Rubas
I had a rash of visits from the Daytona Beach area last Fall, then again within the past couple of weeks. The following screenshot shows only the past seven days. Look at the high number of visits, especially for someone who isn’t a longtime, regular reader. Also note the number of actions next to each visit. That’s an awful lot of poking around on my blog. Not even my regular readers do that.
Sure, that only shows an IP associated with an address in the Daytona Beach area, but nobody else who visits my blog lives anywhere near that part of Florida, unless Tampa and Pensacola picked up and moved while I wasn’t paying attention.
Those are all the comments left by “Sam Fallwell.” Note that the IP matches the visitor from the Daytona Beach area, where Rubas states that he lives. Note also that the comments outlined in red either point to Rubas’ own website or Facebook page, and/or refer to himself in the third person, as if he’s talking about someone else. He even went to the trouble of doing a copy-pasta of his entire FB entry in comments here, despite the fact that it had nothing to do with my post about Nicky’s garbage bill.
So, how do we know that Rubas is posting as Sam Fallwell? Simple. Sam Fallwell is a character in his story “Magick Man.” The name appears in the very first sentence of the story. Until now, I’ve been rather patient, but this is getting tiresome.
The excuses “I wuz haxxored!!11!eleventy!” and “it was a soshul spearmint” went out of fashion a decade ago. Feel free to draw your own conclusions.