Important Preface: Look
in the address bar of your browser. While this blog entry is done in
the style of cjb.net's services, and links -back- to my blog hosted
there, it does not reside there. If you have a problem with it, call
my ISP - I don't care. I can keep moving the page elsewhere,
and others are probably willing to mirror it in the interests of
This is a long, but fun post about how the
wicked get away with anything, and no good deed goes unpunished.
This contains a series of saved bulletin board posts as well as
emails laid out in chronological order to tell the story that went
on behind the scenes.
Mike Puchol blogs about his experience using
the POI (hotspot coordinates in offline .csv) export feature on the
relaunched maps.fon.com resource to confirm fon's official
The creature known on boards.fon.com as
"mosbach" starts a whole new thread complaining about how Mike
Puchol posted as "mother" on boards.fon.com without revealing
his real-life identity. The thread started by "mosbach"
was eventually deleted by "moderfon" of boards.fon.com. It was
allowed to remain up longer than *anything* else!
http://home.earthlink.net/~fone/h/motherouted.htm (this page looks like a link to boards.fon.com,
but is actually just an html-save.)
This "mosbach" uses his own fon-themed
fonblog.de to suggest death threats to Mike Puchol. Here are
two blogger's responses to that:
I run with this information, and create a new
thread in boards.fon.com entitled "mosbach is outed" as a parody. I
don't narrate the post, or slander "mosbach" in any way. I just
mirror Mike's information, provide links to some text files that
archive earlier expamples of mosbach's threatening and slanderous
temper-tantrums... as well as the remarkable reluctance of
boards.fon.com moderators to do anything about him, and whatever I
could google up about mosbach in 5 mins or so. I didn't html-save my
own thread, but it essentially looked like the section below:
Subject: "Dr. Gerhard Mosbach" has been outed
FROM GOOGLE AND MOSBACH'S
VARIOUS ONLINE PROFILE PAGES:
D-95138 Bad Steben
sipgate : 8708240
Descr: Frankenwald 27
Descr: 95138 Bad
Within minutes, my thread had dissapeared from boards.fon.com. I
left the page open and occasionally pressed "Refresh" to monitor the
situation. I had copied the text from the message posting window, so
I reposted it again... gone again in under a minute! I reposted it
once more with the following preface:
"Listen up, people. fon deleted my original thread by this name
without any warning and didn't even see fit to delete the mosbach
thread it's name was inspired by. All of this information is public
and is easily found with google. There is nothing slanderous said
here (unlike mosbach's post) or untrue. Just a simple posting of
public facts. let us ask ourselves what schiszm causes fon to
encourage and support his behaviour, and to continue to succor him
when the entire fon boards community screams for his
Deleted moments later.
Moderfon private-messages this ambigous question to me
about my new thread. I don't see it until after he's allready
deleted it, but I take the opportunity to bring mosbach's
infinitely more offensive material, which survives his
critique, directly to his attention:
Oct 11, 2006 16:49
Subject: what is this
what is this ?
could you explain it ?
Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 14:39
Subject: Re: what is this ?
know what you're referring to. There is nothing at that URL.
[Edit: moderfon feels that I am "lying" about
this PM unless I include the following line which I had not
quoted in my reply to him]Perhaps you have been drinking too much?
Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 14:53
Subject: Re: what is this ?
explain it ?
suprising to see it is still there!
moderfon feels that I am "lying" about this PM unless I
include the following line which I had not quoted in my reply
to him]Is he your
In the meantime, the controversy is exploding
in other blogs, and Martin Varsavsky himself, is backpedaling and
posting excuses about the statistical anomalies. The boards
moderators apparently decide to pursue an information blackout, and
so they delete mosbach's thread. The POI export tab is removed from
maps.fon.com. Moderfon needs to tie off my loose string, so he sends
me the following warning:
Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 14:58
Subject: Re: what
is this ?
I dont know this persond, and I dont
know you too.
This is the your last
chance. We dont like post like this.
[Edit: moderfon insists that I am "lying" about this
PM unless I include the following line which I had not quoted
from him earlier]I send you a PM
asking about this post, you didnt say anything.
One post more and
you will be banned.
Its clear ?
You or anybody, ok ?
Mosbach removes his threatening blog post, and later posts a
nonapology in his blog, which appears to now
be deleted, too. Everything swept out of sight and forgotten,
right? Well, *almost* everything...
I move my "mosbach is outed!" post to my
private blog. I suppose it probably belonged there to
begin with. You might think this is the end of the story, but
A week after mosbach's thread was finally
purged from boards.fon.com, my fon.cjb.net address and email stopped
working. After some personal investigation, I email
It appears my cjb url
redirect has been disabled. using the address "fon.cjb.net" goes
to your main page now, and I cannot fetch email. I cannot access
the account settings page - "incorrect password" - but I have no
doubt about what the password is. I tried re-applying for it and
the message I got was that the address "can not be used", which is
different from the message "allready in use" for other url
redirects. I initiated a "forgotten password" request, but am not
100% sure of what email address I used when I applied. I have not
recieved any complaints or other comments about this url redirect
whatsoever. Can you please bring me up to date and help me
re-establish my redirect? This redirect is important to me because
it is very short and handy, and also relates to an hotspot-sharing
outfit which I participate in as a hobby.
Their terse reply:
That account was
removed and banned due to its use for harassment which is a
violation of the agreed to Terms of Service.
So "someone" apparently convinced a
cjb.net representative that my simple and unnarrated mirroring
of public information constituted "harassment", and so my
url-redirect was disabled, and locked. My follow-up:
I have to say I am
extremely shocked to hear this. I have never recieved complaint
ONE about my website. Isn't there, at a minimum, some kind of
remediation process? I recieved no warning whatsoever. There is
nothing even remotely harassing about my website, which describes
my experiences with fon.com and lists related resources and
contacts. I deserve to know the identitiy of my accuser. I have
been an enthusiastic user of cjb.net for more than two years and
have reccomended it many times. Please help me to remedy this to
Their icy response:
Complainning about a
bad experience is one thing, just having a page devoted to handing
out someone's personal info which was resulting in harassment is
another. I'm sure you can figure out whom was complainning about
*Devoted* to harassing poor, heartbroken
and water-soaked mosbach? Hardly! My extensive and sincere plea goes
This is the This is the
kind of email i'm sure you hate to recieve. People who work in IT
generally like to see matters closed and have better things to do
than get involved in personal squabbles. I myself work as a NOC
technician and have also been a call-center tech for a number of
years. I have been responsible for similar admin email. Please
believe me when I say I am sincere about my cause to be
reinstated. As you can see, I am not ranting, threatening you with
lawyers, or employing the usual histrionics. I am taking the time
to write you at length to make my case clear and to demonstrate my
respect for you in these regards. I hope to demonstrate to you how
you have been manipulated and I hope your response will be to
restore matters to their rightful places.
To begin with, I would
have to agree with your last email. A page which is designed and
devoted to handing out someone's personal information and which
others are directed to visit mainly in order to distress another
person might be construed as harassment. However, this is not an
accurate description of my webpage which you have
My web page is firstly,
an demo of what I would like to see appear when someone first
opens their web browser when connected to my fon.com hotspot
before logging on to recieve full internet access. This demo was
set up as part of a contest which took place in fon's boards.
Secondly, it contains a blog as an example of content provided by
the host of this hotspot. Sixteen entries in that blog were copies
of emails that chronicle my experience in joining fon.com and
ordering their equipment. Thirdly, there are at entries which are
provided so that I can provide a url to helpful technical
instructions so that I don't have to retype them each time. Having
the instructions in one place and referring to them by url allows
me to improve and update them in a single place instead of
tracking down every place I have posted, and editing individually.
These urls are still posted throughout http://boards.fon.com
and are to be credited for driving traffic to your ad-supported
Fourthly, and lastly,
the blog was, presumably, a safe and personal place for me to
place unofficial opinions and other material which would be
innapropriate for fon's official boards, for fear they may result
in deletion or banishment from the official forum. This is clearly
acceptable to the fon.com moderators, as my http://fon.cjb.net
url is prominently placed in each of my posts, and I have NEVER
been spoken to about it. If you had looked at my website before
banning it, you would see that I had listed many private,
unofficial blogs relating to fon, and these authors all post in
the official fon board and list personal urls there. By utilizing
url, I am earnestly attempting to "do the right thing" by keeping
official -vs- unofficial matters separate. I also use my subdomain
email to recieve communications about board activity, private
messages and blog comments into separate inboxes. There is a great
deal of organization in place which is dependant on cjb.net's
services. I am grateful for cjb's services, and I emphasize again
that I create legitemate traffic to your advertisers.
"personal info" contained in the final blog entry at the top;
every iota of this is public information! Most of the material
displayed is simply copied from another blogger's post at
http://tech.am/2006/10/11/my-first-death-threat-by-mosbach-the-chief-fon-forum-troll/ . The rest of the information was found within
minutes by simply typing this person's name into Google, with no
tricks or hacks involved. The subject is highly visible to the
public, and has made his full identity and contact information
available dozens of times over a signifigant period of time. I am
doing nothing but summarizing what he himself has made available
to his audience.
He posts as "mosbach"
on http://boards.fon.com, and does, or has, advertised the url to his
german-language fon.com blog "fonblog.de", where he posts as
"gerhard". WHOIS on that domain shows it is operated by a "Gerhard
Mosbach" and lists the rest of his contact information. Googling
that name in that locale shows dozens of verifyably authentic
instances where he has posted to boards or advertised his other
shows an active fon-branded hotspot at that exact address. Again,
nothing found here is nonpublic, nor has any of it even been
retracted from the Internic record or Google as of this date. I
have never even recieved comments about the information on my
website, which has simply served as a minor mirror of information
others are still displaying. How can one take the position that I
myself am creating a problem, and that it is fair to censor me
without any notification or recourse?
It is a painful irony
that I am described as "harassing" anyone since this is what that
individual is chiefly infamous for himself. Please briefly examine
the content of his posts at http://boards.fon.com/search.php?search_author=mosbach . He has been a serious matter of contention with
all of the board participants familiar with him. Read some of the
disturbing things he has said to me in private email here:
http://home.earthlink.net/~fone/t/mosbach.txt. If this individual feels less secure about
shooting off his mouth in public, now that it is demonstrated how
easy he is to identify, then this is a good thing. My website
makes no threats to him in any way. You will observe that I do not
make any comments or characterizations about him in the post. It's
simply a list of public information. I argue that it fails the
Turing Test to define it as "harassment".
In closing, I assure
you that I have nothing to prove to that individual, and my only
goal is to restore the services I supply to the fon.com community.
I would be *extremely* grateful if you would restore control to me
of my fon.cjb.net account settings with the password of
"**********" so that I can continue to supply them. As of this
date, I have made 1,696(!) posts to boards.fon.com, and the task
of manually updating what I have written with new urls and email
addresses would be overwhelming. If you insist, I will remove
refrences to the presumed complaintant, and only ask that you
notify me in the future if I have recieved further
Way to go, fon and cjb! Cross your arms while
a bully runs around the playground like a mad bull, and give a good
slap on the face to anyone who pushes the bully back. Protect
that insensible twat but bring down the Hammer of Thor on anyone who
annoys you by asking you to do your job and bring peace to the
And thus, was born http://elfonblog.cjb.net/ and
this post is awkwardly hosted separately. Stay tuned for further
Moderfon comments in my blog that I am
*lying* about what I have said. Then, in PM at boards.fon.com, (in
the capacity as board moderator, you understand), cites three
trivial omissions which I made from this blog entry. I put them
back. You tell me if it blows my case.