Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Salient News Editor volunteer spams websites in his spare time

UPDATE I have been formally advised in writing today by Salient that Michael Oliver was not involved in spamming Big News. But it was done in the Salient offices by, I was told a volunteer. I have written a post on this matter which you will see here.

Salient is the Victoria University newspaper. It has a news editor by the name of Michael Oliver. But Oliver is no ordinary news editor.

He is also an internet spammer and a troll.

Tonight he left nearly 50 messages on this blog under different names, presumably from the Salient offices and then later in the evening. I've deleted some but kept copies.

He has posted under the names of various journalists, and has even used the names of his own editors, current editor Jackson Wood, and the 2007 Salient editor Steve Nicol. He was a sports reviewer under Nicol and, as I was a sub, I had the misfortune to have to fix up his badly written stories. As a result of all the fix-ups he won that year’s ASPA’s sports award. (He gloats about it here). Wood has already confirmed to me that he was not involved in the blog spamming, and had no knowledge of his staff member’s activities.But he did know that some his writers have been googling my name, one who has stuck an old pic of me on his Facebook site.

But it is not just this blog this dude is spamming. He is spamming his own Salient site under multiple fake names to build up comments for his articles, in some cases directly after his own editor has left a comment himself. Most comments on this article are written by Salient staff members - and it's not the only one, either. Oliver posts under multiple names, including the name "Janet Sampson". He also posted under the name "Janet Sampson" on this blog here, tonight, as well. One of Mr Oliver's little phrases is " sprouty sprout sprouts" which he uses on this site in a comment under the name of "Janet Sampson".

But he uses the sprouty phrase in the Salient site in a fake article he wrote just over a month ago before adding a comment under the same fake Janet Sampson name. Then he goes into Facebook, searches the name Janet Sampson and writes another comment on the same Salient page 45 minutes later, pretending to be the Janet Sampson who owns the Facebook page, and writes.
I just put my name into the google and found this. I hope everything is going well for you guys down there in New Zealand.Love and kisses.Janet Simpson

Yeah right - 45 minutes after a blog comment someone in Manchester so happens to google her name and finds the Salient website, and spells her name Simpson? Apart from spelling names incorrectly, Oliver wrote other comments on his article under various names.

Soooo. Smarty smart arse Oliver has been sprouty-sprout-sprung spamming Big News and the website he is news editor of. Unless it was someone pretending to be him, which I very much doubt as nobody would be so purile.

update In the interests of fairness Oliver is welcome to leave a comment on this blog under his real name ( not the six or more names he uses on his Salient comments) with a proper link denying my opinion. He is welcome to state that he has never written multiple comments under different names on Salient and this blog. He has so far refused to do so.

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April 21, 2009 at 9:22 AM  
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April 21, 2009 at 11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anna Stephenson said...

First of all, I was directed here by the gentleman for whom you've dedicated this entry to, with a view to offering my opinion to him and nothing more. Upon reading this from top to toe, I feel the need to comment directly to the author. So, Michael, if you're reading this, my apologies for getting my fingers mucky, but this cannot stand.

First of all, you're quite entitled to your opinions..
Anna Stephenson,
Sydney, Australia

[Thanks Anna, that`ll do. Interesting ISP you have]

April 21, 2009 at 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave, I hope you didn't take down the comments because of my post at Ethical Martini.
And I hope you didn't think I was having a go at you.
The comments were priceless and bound to get the perp into a shi-train of trouble.
Please put them back up, this twerp needs to be exposed.

April 23, 2009 at 1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, now I see, the comments are on another post.
Stupid me,
Je sui desolate

April 23, 2009 at 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Sean said...

Dave, would you please stop deleting comments that disagree with your point of view - especially when they are in no way offensive.

If you are unable to argue your point, perhaps you should concede.

April 29, 2009 at 4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah Sean, perhaps you should now concede.
Cheers Dave, I'm drinking your health right now with a good martini
Tanqueray 10 and Lillet.


April 29, 2009 at 7:22 PM  
Anonymous Sean said...

What should I concede exactly? That it's ok to defame an innocent person and damage their career prospects? Or that Crampton is going to continue deleting and editing comments that he disagrees with. Hardly a credibility builder.

As I mentioned on your blog, Crampton's malicious and libelous comments are what should be held in disdain. Not his unwitting victim. Media professionals, such as yourself and Russell Brown, should be holding Crampton in contempt for his irresponsible comments.

Enjoy your gin.

April 29, 2009 at 9:07 PM  

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