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.