Doxxing and security culture

No, I have never doxxed anyone. And I never would. Having been doxxed before by neo-Nazis as a “commie Jew,” the very idea is abhorrent to me. (This was mostly my fault, incidentally: I used to troll Stormfront message boards with drive-by comments like “lol, Slavs are white?” and then watch them tear each other to shreds. Forgot to block my IP address, stupid me.)

I hate even having to address this, but since it’s become an issue I might as well tackle the rumor in public so that everyone knows:

Several years ago, in early 2015, I was involved in an argument with some people online. Yes, shocking, I know. But looking back at it now, I realize I was often a jerk and didn’t conduct myself as well as I could have. Many of my views have changed since then, anyway, and at any rate I regret saying hurtful things. For whatever reason, though, this group I had been arguing with began to refer to me shorthand by my initials, “RW.” Unfortunately this led to a huge misunderstanding.

Around the same time a virulently anticommunist and antisemitic page called RedWatch popped up on Facebook. It’s affiliated with the far right British National Party. We later mass-reported it, and got it taken down, so you won’t find it on FB anymore. Regardless, it soon started publicizing the private details of communists — even outing a couple of my close friends. Getting word out as quick as they could, to warn people about the threat, some people wrote “RW is doxxing leftists.”

Of course, RW stood for “RedWatch” in this context. But I guess someone misinterpreted it as “Ross Wolfe,” since people had been referring to me that way. This probably sounds farfetched, but it’s what happened, and anyone interested can see a screenshot where the accusation was raised and then amended when it the person learned I was not reporting anyone or breaching security. Don’t worry, the names have been removed and are all color-coded so you can see who is talking to who without their identities being revealed. Irrelevant comments have also been cut out.

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