I use my real name online, so imagine my surprise when someone posting as "Fred_williams" began copy/pasting words in my (almost) name.

I am truly flattered.

This means someone takes me so seriously, that they would go so far as impersonating me to try add to their candidate's faltering campaign.

I'm glad. But I still ask the system administrators to remove the offending poster.

I know sysadmins, and they don't think that kind of game is funny. They're protective of the integrity of their content management system, and don't appreciate those who dishonestly monkey around.

Fair comment is welcome, but false identities are juvenile.

Perhaps it's Todd Gloria himself who is posing as so many different identities online. No one else on his campaign seems bright enough, but Todd is plenty clever. Taking dirty cash from the likes of Jack McGrory and Nancy Graham shows his propensity for back room deals and secrecy.

The reason is clear.

Reform candidate Stephen Whitburn, who the downtown insiders dismissed, is now winning this election. Now they're frightened and figure it's time to do anything for their boy before it's too late. If Whitburn wins, San Diego will change the way it does business, and Gloria's backers don't want anything to alter their cozy Enron by the Sea.

Well, they'll find that online forums have a certain degree of etiquette, and sys-admins run the show.

Here's to the System Administrator:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7193470719293309352

Best,

Fred

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historymatters Oct. 29, 2008 @ 10:50 p.m.

We should also ask them to look up the IP address of the offender and of the 3 Stephen Davis from South Parks. They can trace IPs to make sure someone isnt using the same computer for 3 different names.

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Stephen_Davis_from_South_Park Oct. 31, 2008 @ 10:57 a.m.

Fred,

I now believe you're a good soul and care about our community, rather than serving as Whitburn's mouthpiece. Truly, I mean that.

But there's a huge difference between good guys like you and Todd Gloria compared to Stephen Whitburn.

See, both you and Gloria have good hearts and a long history of service in our neighborhoods.

Stephen Whitburn is not the same. The CityBeat says Whitburn, "came to San Diego six years ago in search of a career in politics." Coupled with the fact that Whitburn has dumped over $240,000 of his own, unaccounted for campaign cash into his coffers, would lead anyone to the logical conclusion that Whitburn is a carpetbagging political opportunist trying to buy the 3rd Council District seat.

I hope that when the dust has settled and Todd Gloria is doing a great job on City Council, that you and he will be able to partner together to improve all of our quality of life.

Best,

Stephen Davis

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Fred Williams Oct. 31, 2008 @ 4:40 p.m.

Again, Todd, you are using a pseudonym. I've searched the Registrar's database, and there is not a single "Stephen Davis" registered to vote in South Park. You are hiding your identity.

You've also stolen my name and copy/pasted the exact same slander as you write with your other pseudonyms.

That is what disqualifies Todd Gloria for ANY public office. Complete disregard for the truth.

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Fred Williams Oct. 31, 2008 @ 5:04 p.m.

Over at CityBeat, the user logged in as "2muchsense" signed his post, "Stephen Davis".

Whoops!

What a loser this guy is.

Look here:

http://www.sdcitybeat.com/cms/story/detail/telling_them_apart/7447/#comments

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Fred Williams Nov. 1, 2008 @ 6:51 a.m.

The "Stephen_Davis" comment above was copy/pasted into my Abnormal Heights blog comments, again and again.

Admin, please remove these sorts of abusive and deceptive posts. It's in violation of the terms of use....

Okay, wait.

I just read the Terms of Use, here:

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/terms_of_use/

Looks like it's perfectly fine to do all this stuff.

Hmmmmmmm.

Well, let's see what sort of fun I can have this weekend.

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