Leo Laporte has millions of fans worldwide. He is the host of a nationally syndicated radio show. He was once known as the President of the Internet. A few people don’t like him and put together a wordpress blog about him, some made Twitter accounts and some made funny videos and others did both.
Laporte identified one member of this group, Bruce, who is responsible for about 5% of the content. Laporte then used his pulpit to ridicule this man, make up stories about him and blame him for the actions of countless others in an attempt to divert attention from, well you know what. Laporte got only one fact right, Bruce does cross fit and like all Vegans, Crossfit enthusiasts and people without TVs, he can’t shut up about it. But everything else Leo says is untrue.
Bruce grew up in a small Canadian fishing town to a family without a penny to their name. He was often forced to work after school as his friends played ice hockey. He was chastised for being smart and having an interest in computers. But he never fought back and always turned the other cheek.
That was until Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. Bruce enlisted in the American army and fought bravely in the Persian Gulf War, where he was awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor and two Purple Hearts. The medal was earned for single handedly rescuing his entire four hundred man brigade who were captured by a savage band of Iraqi Republican Guard with ties to the Taliban, ISiS and weapons of mass destruction. Unfortunately he took machine gun fire to his spinal cord and was told he would never walk again.
That was until he met a little red headed girl diagnosed with a terminal disease. Bruce couldn’t bear to see her give up. She promised that if he were to walk again, she’d fight the illness. Needless to say; Bruce began to walk again without a pesky spinal cord and that little girl beat her disease and became President of Canada. (Prime Minister, Czar, Supreme Leader or whatever it’s called there) Bruce was overjoyed.
That was until, while on a field trip, Bruce was bitten by a radioactive spider. This bite gave him super powers so he went on to fight crime by night and do tech support by day.
Ok maybe that is not 100% true but it’s closer to reality than the tall tale Leo has spun which Padre regurgitates. More-so, at least one member of Leo’s staff and one of the illustrious chat-mods was in Drama with myself, Bruce and many others when HelloWorld came on the scene. (Helloworld is the name of the guy who produces the content driving the #soupguzzler batty) Those people have told Leo that he is way off base and they are not the same person. #Soup actually came up with a Hulk/Dr Banner parallel to explain the glaring differences between Bruce and Helloworld rather than accept reality and the physical laws of space and time.
Nevertheless he continues to publicly malign an individual with full knowledge that, not only is he making a poor guess, but he is blatantly wrong. Leo doesn’t care, what’s important to him is that he gets people to stop talking about his incident and if he disparages an innocent someone publicly, well F it.
5/27/2015 CEO/Wife Lisa Laporte “But it seriously crosses a line when it becomes targeted harassment, cyberstalking, and there are threats of violence–especially when your children are in the crosshairs.”
Seriously, threatening children? Seriously? And this “threat” that no one saw just happened to occur on the same day Leo accidentally released a picture of his penis on the live stream. Are there really people over the age seven who believe this fabrication?
A quote from one of Leo’s mentally stable fan base:
<cr1> Leo, you are experiencing what China is doing to the rest of the internet on a smaller scale
Post Script: Something is up with the mods, I think they may be getting tired of defending Leo. One thing is certain, whatever he says publicly is going on is not what is actually going on. Paying mods is odd.
It was October(ish) of 2008 and the TWiT forums were the place where viewers could discuss the shows, of course, but mostly we just hung out there and chatted with each other. It was a strange little family of people with diverse interests and the discussions didn’t always center around TWiT. In fact, for the most part, they went all over the place and we liked it that way.
Originally, the forums were for paid subs only. Back in the old days, you could chip in $2 a month and for that sum you gained access to the forums. Eventually, they went full free, and I don’t remember where they were in October 2008. We were having a discussion about a statement Leo made on the forums about “working for free.” Many of us long-time listeners scoffed at the notion that anything he did for TWiT was “for free,” and noted based on many things, that he was not only not “working for free” but he was being paid quite well. Our objection wasn’t that he was making money, but that he continued to perpetuate this crazy idea that he wasn’t being paid for what he did.
The conversation got heated, and divisive with many people throwing names back and forth at each other, and it ended up with a bunch of people throwing up their hands in disgust and leaving the forums altogether. Some stayed, though, and this one thread just kept going on and on. The discussion eventually came down to people arguing that those of us who “don’t like it should just leave” and the ones who were balking at it saying “but we pay for it and this is the place to talk about it.” It got uglier and uglier, and Leo himself stepped in at one point, saying that he had had “enough shit” from the forum, and he isn’t working so hard so that people could make him miserable. He said he would no longer be looking at the forums, and then upgraded the people who disagreed with him the most and had been there the longest to moderator status.
Things settled down for a bit and me, along with a few of the old “regulars” moderated the forums until another tantrum over content, in which Laporte decided that he had enough of us discussing things and that the forums were a “cesspool” (sound familiar? *cough* Twitter *cough*) and needed to go. He then proceeded to ban everyone he made a mod entirely, and later would close the forums down. They would re-appear on another server for awhile, but eventually disappear. The most active and enthusiastic community behind TWiT was not only killed, but it was eviscerated and people were shamed for not just drinking down the Kool-Aid. Incidentally, I still have the emails that say I was upgraded, then banned, lest you think I’m playing games.
Why am I telling you this? Because it shows a pattern. To an extent, Leo is right. It’s his ship and he can run it how he wants. But, when he does that, it really cuts through the happy horsecrap of “we’re all about input” and “we love feedback.” None of the shows have feedback on them any longer (aside from Tech Guy which is heavily moderated), the forums are gone, and any medium on which Twit can catch criticism is frowned upon, dismissed, or utterly demolished (consider how hard Leo is on Facebook and Reddit). He exhibits a total lack of class when anyone dares question him or his decisions, and seeing him lash out at critics over the years has made me less and less inclined to support him and TWiT in any way. I do enjoy the shows. I get a lot out of them, but it seems like, at this point, they’re just coasting and “riding it out.” I should’ve been way more excited about the Screen Savers reboot than I am, but I just see it as an attempt to recapture what was lost a long time ago, but we’ll hear over and over again how this is a sign that he listens to the fans and does what they’ve been asking for.
Only time will tell but the more I read here and on another site about the machinations that go on behind the scenes, the more I think this ship has not only sailed, but hit an iceberg and is on its way down as the violinists play and a woman floats on a door.
Update: Leo slipped back into his standard shit/schlock persona relying on the chatroom, using old historical anecdotes instead of actually answering a question and then busting out with the “Well, hey, hey, hey” to start the second hour of the show. Apparently, he’s only bloated and ugly, not necessarily as crazy as believed during the first hour of Saturday’s show.
The latest piece of disturbing evidence that #DickGate is affecting Leo Laporte in ways that no one could have imagined is in: The fatass host of “The Tech Guy” did not start his show with his trademark “Well, hey, hey, hey.” (The phrase is so beloved that even www.wellheyheyhey.com commemorates it with its very own website.)
Although his weight gain remains on track, the editorial board at TotalDrama is concerned that Leo’s mental health is suffering with this lapse in tradition.
Other evidence that Leo’s psyche is in steep decline is his near-incoherent ramblings in the official Twitlive chatroom a few days ago.
The dick pic Leo Laporte showed on-air on The Tech Guy has clearly bothered him. He’s fully mobilized CeHO and the clown in a priest costume to try to run interference while he lies about the dick pic and claims that we “photoshopped” it into a live video that hundreds saw and had that “photoshopped” video posted minutes after he aired it live.
Nobody actually believes him except for his most mentally-challenged sycophants, but dive into their world, if you must, and watch Leo, the man who showed the dick pic on air, call Bruce “Bruce the Perv.” Here are the articles actually written by Bruce (not #OneAss).
He continues by lying about who Bruce is, what he does, and literally says that Bruce is in love with him sexually. This is a disturbed, disgusting individual, folks. If you are similarly offended, please let Premiere Networks know, and join us in our live chat.
Most Humorous Insult/Lie
<cr1> Leo, read the article in the guardian this morning . turns out many Pakistani terrorists joining ISIS are from middle class families. educated.<~Leo> yeah it's kind of like that
Soup’s First Rant (Insults and Lies)
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<~Leo> the schedule hasn't changed
<~Leo> Robert pre-records so he can do his other job too
<~Leo> but all of my shows are exactly the same
<~Leo> basically we've left it to each host how they want to do their shows: live or off stream
<~Leo> all my shows are still live
<~Leo> chat room has to change
<~Leo> the mods are at their limit
<~Leo> you don't see 90% of what goes on
<~Leo> they're that good
<short> So TWiCH is not live now?
<~Leo> no it did move to a new time slot
<dagimar> Leo thanks for keeping livestream live
<cr1> ty Leo
<@lifesazoo> modding is theraputic
<~Leo> we're looking into chat rooms that require identity verification it will make it easier to eliminate Bruce
<~Leo> twich is live now at it's new time
<Maq> Leo, i hope its still IRC even if verified!
<Web5947> Leo, why not do the $1 charge for chat?
<~Leo> there won't be any web1020 ids anymore
<~Leo> we might web5947
<~Leo> but the troll has money
<~Leo> so that won't prevent his entry
<~Leo> and it's easy to get pre-paid cards
<~Leo> if we do a paid room it will be to defray the costs of paid mods
<~Leo> it think it won't be irc
<~Leo> pretty hard to make irc secure
<CountryDoc> it started much later the "scheduled" and I didn"t care to watch tidbit reruns
<PcGuy8088> Perhaps a visit from the RCMP and CSEC
<~Leo> you know CountryDoc there's a download for that
<~Leo> I hear the RCMP are bad asses!
<Web5947> shame to see haters win...the very few affecting the many
<~Leo> that's one of the reason I backed off the big changes - I realized it would slow Bruce the Perv down much
<TheGemDr> The Mounties always get their man.
<~Leo> they didn't win
<Maq> really gets me that a troll is ruining all this though... :(
<~Leo> we all win
<stooper> who's Bruce?
<JD> The troll has a known name?
<~Leo> ruining all what maq?
<~Leo> yeah JD
<cr1> Leo, you are experiencing what China is doing to the rest of the internet on a smaller scale
<~Leo> I know his name, address, and phone number
<~Leo> there are other trolls of course
<Maq> Leo, just causing you so much grief amd causing twit to change
<~Leo> but the real pig is Bruce
<HarryP> Leo: That's also doxxing
<JD> Leo, I'm hoping there is some legal recourse. Though they may fuel the fire.
<@Keith512> if bruce is so messed up why is he not getting medical help Leo is the medical system letting him down
<~Leo> yeah we're going to continue some sort of verified chat
<Maq> twit is a massive part of peoples lives... too bad some take it too far
<~Leo> still looking at alternatives
<~Leo> I mean if Glenn Beck can have live chat we should be able to
<cr1> Leo, how about sqrl?
<CountryDoc> so one nerd ruins the day. for mant!
<Maq> get Stebw Gibson to sort some kinda public key based chat :)
<~Leo> Hannity has live chat too
<~Leo> even Kim Kommando has paid chat
<~Leo> not sure if anyone is trolling her though
<PcGuy8088> Should contact the FBI who can liason with RCMP and local authorities up here
<cr1> Leo, require 2nd factor auth or sqrl to login to chat?<Wumpermill> DLR: SQRL<Amyashi> Leo, did you ever figure out the true reason Bruce has targeted you and TWiT? Are they truly mental or someone out for something more?
<~Leo> I called him and asked Amyashi but he wouldn't say
<Maq> with all this, whats happening to the Giz Fiz?
<~Leo> nothing maq
<~Leo> I do feel very sorry for him - there's eomething very sad and lonely with him
<~Leo> I sincerely hope Bruce isn't violent - but we have to act as if he is.
<~Leo> I have a responsibility to my staff.
<~Leo> I went for so long without any hassles. I assumed it was because I was talking to a smart and worldly audience
<~Leo> I gues I was just lucky
<~Leo> Bruce is smart and worldly - he's just damaged in some creepy way
<~Leo> His family owns a [REDACTED]
<~Leo> so he comes from money
<~Leo> he's clearly technically sophisticated too
<~Leo> but even when I talked with him I could tell something was off
<JD> Leo, curious as to Bruce's age bracket. Is he just a kid?
<~Leo> no he's middle aged
<~Leo> not sure exactly
<~Leo> sounds about 50
<cr1> Leo, read the article in the guardian this morning . turns out many Pakistani terrorists joining ISIS are from middle class families. educated.<~Leo> yeah it's kind of like that
<~Leo> I have built up a whole psychological profile in my mind, but I have no idea if it's accurate
<~Leo> I guess we'll find out
<~Leo> he seems really normal then he flips
<CreamyCornCob> You gonna track him down Leo?
<~Leo> it's like the Hulk<~Leo> his voice even change
<~Leo> I don't need to CreamyCornCob - I know where he is
<cr1> indeed. Osama bin Laden was educated and from a very wealthy family. it's something missing in their brains
<~Leo> International prosecutions move a little slower
<~Leo> but the FBI has investigated him before so it might be easier this time
<DLR> people that "flip" are somewhat dangerous because you don't know what they will do.
<~Leo> yeah it's very creepy dlr
<Amyashi> At least high level law enforcement have records on him.
<~Leo> it's like a split personality<~Leo> although i don't think it is
<@ScooterX> I wish there was not so much attention given to this person :/
<~Leo> we've talked to other people who have been stalked by him
<cr1> Leo, remember all the celebrity stalkers from years ago. they are similar. attracted to fame
<JD> scooterx nod
<~Leo> actually I think he's actually in love with me<~Leo> sexually
<~Leo> there's a lot of that in his stuff
<JD> no comment
<cr1> could be. or just wants you to declare his power
<ericDuckman> too late, ScooterX
<~Leo> it's like a jilted lover
<Amyashi> That would not surprise me, considering the level of obsession he has focused on your life.
<CreamyCornCob> If you come home and Bruuce is taking a bath, theres problems
<enigma> in their mind..maybe
<Wumpermill> passions are involved
<DLR> in love, or just posessive ?
<Hodor> uh, oh. Ex's are the worst
<dagimar> a psychotic jilted lover
<WebGrrl> very scary, and sad
<Solamar> obsession never good; the tv tells me so. :)
<~Leo> no kidding
<ReplicantX3R0> DLR: and obsessive
<JD> it is sad
<enigma> or not getting attention he wants
<cr1> power of others is sexually attractive. or at least the strange part of youtube says so
<marsworm_> sounds dangerous leo be careful, maybe have a body guard follow you?
<eliz> Leo: years ago, in previous life, our corp was under a similar attack, although without as much internet action
<~Leo> this helloworld is his alter-ego - his "hulk" persona<d123> Leo, you need to grow up, you're pathetic
<Ed> if there is any history of behavior modification through medication, risk factor will be considered elevated
<enigma> that even negative attention is good for a troll
<ericDuckman> Leo, so, you've met him?
<ayemossum> sounds like someone is just a (basic, run-of-the-mill) whackadoodle
<~Leo> not met him
<~Leo> but I did call him and we spoke
<~Leo> he denied he was hello world but I can understand that
<eliz> Leo: we hired a security firm who dealt with brand protection ... it was pretty impressive how they dealt with international law informent
<~Leo> there's just too much linking them
<~Leo> what was the company name eliz?
<JD> leo, calling him took guts
<un2ward> is bruces also richardya? or is that some one different? as the blog moved around thatwas the other persona that seemed to be at the core of things
<eliz> Leo: too long ago but you might start querying your friends in the industry ... pretty common whats happening to you
<Amyashi> We do need to be careful not to obsess or give Bruce attention, it could cause issues.
<~Leo> I was curious JD
<~Leo> and I was hoping to mend fences or whatever it took to calm him down
<~Leo> but he's very defended
<JD> Applaud your efforts.
<~Leo> I still don't know what he looks like although he claims he was in studio once during google io
<cr1> yep Leo. calling him did not meld with his view of reality
<~Leo> none of his true social media accounts have pictures of him
<~Leo> which is also weird
<eliz> Leo: we had bomb threats, dead animal deliveries, antrax scares ...
<Maq> good to try to reach out, that is positive
<~Leo> ugh eliz
<~Leo> this isn't that bad yet
<~Leo> yeah I think it freaked him out cr1
<CreamyCornCob> eliz where, if ya dont mind me askin.
<~Leo> he said he was working out and asked me to call him in two days
<~Leo> I did
<~Leo> he's a massive crossfit enthusiast
<eliz> called our security guys 'the men in black' ... they did all the forensics and tracked down the international connections ... it was pretty amazing
<~Leo> which also fits the profile
<cr1> lol Leo.see that fits with his view of his ultimate superiority and power. power to control others.
<@Keith512> maybe he has been taking drug when working out
<WebGrrl> oh, boy. (crossfit enthusiast +++)
<~Leo> I must call those guys eliz!
<~Leo> that's exactly what we need!
<JD> I'm an ultimate couch potato enthusiast, what does that make me?
<CreamyCornCob> Well Leo - he is commiting felonies correct?
<GaryW> Cant his ISP ban him? I am sure you went that route though Sir<~Leo> his ISP?
<~Leo> he comes in for all sorts of IPs
<~Leo> his web site was in the Netherlands
<GaryW> yes, for breach of usage
<~Leo> now it's in France
<~Leo> he's not dumb and very careful
<@Keith512> wow this is seriously committed
<User2295> Sounds like its Snowden
<jabaa78113> Leo he is attacking your privacy the EU would close him down and is IIliad I think
<~Leo> he had some confederates early on but I think even they found him too extreme so I believe he's mostly alone now
<eliz> I was briefly with an Israei tech company ... they taught me how to jump all other the world without being traced ...
<~Leo> although he's likely always recrutitng
<marsworm_> eh dont give this freak anymore more ego boosting time
<jabaa78113> eliz he is not that smart
<~Leo> The internet is designed for openness not security
<~Leo> as it should be
<~Leo> but it gives bad actors a lot of room to move
<DLR> that seems scary that he is recruiting
<+PadreSJ> This is the sort of stuff our stalker posts: https://twitter.com/padresj/status/603776803321282560/photo/1
<@Keith512> events like this the isp need to talk to each other about people they ban
<~Leo> yeah that's all Bruce
<~Leo> he has a very specific style
<@Keith512> PadreSJ you could of warned us first
<+PadreSJ> **Warning** -- Not Safe for Chat (sorry Keith512 )
<~Leo> he's fascinated with certain thinks
<~Leo> and repeats his obsessions frequently
<~Leo> it's pretty obviously crazy
<~Leo> he makes new twitter accounts daily
<~Leo> we ban them every time
<~Leo> he's busiest on weekends
<short> PadreSJ: oh that's sad, that screenshot..
<+PadreSJ> We even have a form letter that gets auto-submitted anytime he tweets to us...
<+PadreSJ> short, that's not the worst of it... that's actually pretty tame.
<jabaa78113> this guy goes back to tom Merritt days
<~Leo> there are other trolls, don't get me wrong
<~Leo> but most people fade away
<User2295> Leo will there still be chat and will you have a live twit broadcast on Saturday and Sunday for your radio show
<~Leo> Bruce is demonic in his devotion
<~Leo> yes and yes User2295
<eliz> laughing .... i conforned my stalker ... did the Ape-rage thing ...scared him and myself ... never stalked since
<jabaa78113> but padresj whats the motive to spend all these resources for WHAT??
<cr1> Leo, PadreSJ, but fixing chat? how does that slow down the posters to twitter, FB, etc.
<~Leo> it doesn't cr1
<~Leo> it just fixes chat
<ayemossum> Wow. This is WAY past trolling. Trolling is just a quick jab to get some quick kicks usually. This is ..... well it's a broken mind.
<~Leo> thats one of the reasons I backed down on the major changes
<~Leo> I realized it wouldn't slow him down, and in fact it was just empowering him (he sent me several gloating emails)
<+PadreSJ> ayemossum, yup... we've ignored it for 2 years... this is waaaaay beyond trolling. -- And the bomb threat, death threats
<cTech1> exactly dont feed the ass hat
<Amyashi> Leo, is he tied to that horrible TD website that is devoted to slandering TWiT?
<+PadreSJ> This is stalking... a whole other thing.
<~Leo> he IS TD
<JD> padresj, more than stalking if there are death threats
<~Leo> there was a (vaynerchuk)sucks twitter account run by a brit - but Bruce has lately resurrected it<Web8273> you sure one guy can do all this? it's kinda hard to believe..
<~Leo> I don't think he has to work
<+PadreSJ> Web8273, not that hard if somebody has a lot of time...
<~Leo> he said he had "clients" but I don't think he does much else
<jabaa78113> web8273 using free resources yes
<marsworm_> leo i i guess the td site cant be taken down?
<theotherguy> sounds like a loser that lives in his mommy's basement
<Chumly> "clients" is relative
<~Leo> it's in France<~Leo> it was recently moved - I'd love to know the story there. Probably another schism in the ranks<~Leo> Eventually Bruce goes far enough that even his cronies rebel
<~Leo> bye all - make sure to pass along that chat transcript to Bruce won't you Andrew?
<~Leo> Ha ha
<~Leo> Bruce emailed me that he was watching chat
<~Leo> of course
<+PadreSJ> Hi Bruce :)
<~Leo> No i think it's probably a web####
<~Leo> or AndrewZarian
<+PadreSJ> WAAAAAAY back when Bruce was in our chatroom as BruceS, his biggest concern was that he didn't like my voice. -- :)
<AndrewZarian> What did I do ?
<~Leo> Now you see why we need a verified chat
<hal> AndrewZarian what did you do now?
<~Leo> Yeah I'll say no more - we really shouldn't feed his ego
Second Rant (Charging for Chat Discussion)
Click here for the unabridged version. There aren’t as many insults and lies in this one.
<~Leo> I don't feel unsafe
<~Leo> our mods are at their limit with keeping chat safe
<~Leo> and the drive bys and the trolling are not conducive to chat
<~Leo> so we're going to move it to a verified system
<~Leo> that way it will be easier on the mods
<~Leo> and a more fun place to be
<~Leo> I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't want that
<~Leo> unless you like being anonymous in here
<DLR> I'd be happy to register
<TheGemDr> Leo, I hope a credit card isn't needed?
* ToiLeTBuG is sorta annon*
<Loquacious1> I don't like those drive byes at all, they ruin the fun and disrupt normal flow of conversations
<~Leo> I don't know what system we'll use
<~Leo> we're looking at them now
<~Leo> I'd like for it to be free and for people to be able to use handles
<~Leo> but can't guarantee it
<bleak> handles would be great if you can manage leo
<~Leo> Lisa wants to charge a bit to defray the cost
<~Leo> yeah I like the handles
<~Leo> all we're looking for is a way to identify chatters that's better than spoofable IP addresses
<J5_JCH> Leo - i'd pay $3 mth or $30 yr at most to help defray costs
<OldTech> Tie it to verified email addresses, maybe?
<~Leo> think it throuhg oldtech
<TheGemDr> as long as cash cheque or paypal are allowed Leo
<Loquacious1> Charging isn't going to stop trolls with money J5_JCH
<~Leo> it's easy to create an email addy and verify it
<~Leo> we need something better
<ToiLeTBuG> Leo I will pay $1 for a year, but you gonna owe me when i answer the gaming editing question on the radio show, ya dont gotta plug me but ya gotta pay me! :P
<LonnDawg> driver's licence
<~Leo> there's got to be a significant speed bump
<~Leo> otherwise the trolls just make new accounts all the time
<TNohands> Will it require us to pay a subscription and change or use other specifc irc clients like the ones you have to pay for Leo?
<~Leo> no idea TNohands
<~Leo> depends what we pick
<~Leo> no money is not a verification system
<~Leo> it would only be to pay the mods and for the service
<bleak> phone numebrs (although also generatable) are probably a reasonable verification system
<~Leo> no they are not
<~Leo> I know Bruce's numbers
<Web7539> Hello Leo, I'd pay for the chat, but if the proceeds go to a charity, that would be kind....
<~Leo> but it's easy to create numbers
<~Leo> the money will go to supporting the chat
<~Leo> including mods
<nightrain-ke5jxo> ~Leo: keeping the channel invite only would work, the payment would only validate the "invites"
<bleak> hmmmm...... btc to hire a hitman? :P
<~Leo> someone would have to administer the invitation system
<~Leo> we might do that but I'd like something more automatic
<TJ> Leo, a moderated chat with people earning voice (+v) privilages could work
<~Leo> maybe tj
<nightrain-ke5jxo> TJ: Yes.
<~Leo> if the mods agree
<DLR> am i correct in assuming you have enough mods? (otherwise I would consider volunteering)
<~Leo> mods are burned out
<TJ> yeah, I understand
<~Leo> we're going to lose most of them the minute we find a system
<TJ> I used to be a mod in Pirillo's chat a long time ago
<LonnDawg> Leo , you should not need to many mods.. If the system is under control
<~Leo> aexactly LonnDawg
<~Leo> what about it marmot? burned out?
<~Leo> I'm thinking of some system where you send us a picture with your driver's license or ID
<~Leo> and we mail you a password
<@marmot> Leo: at times but I'm not around as much as I used to be. Moved back to the office with work.
<~Leo> yeah you're not alone marmot
<~Leo> I really really appreciate all you've done over the past few years
<~Leo> it's been a horrible thankless job
<~Leo> how many of the mods would be interested in a paid position in a more orderly chat?
<~Leo> yeah papers please
<J5_JCH> Leo - I'm using webchat on old XP laptop and its very readable to my bad eyes - hope you consider that aspect on any new chat
<~Leo> of course J5_JCH
<LonnDawg> look Leo even if someone sends you a picture of there. Drivers license, it still could be a false one, but I would expect that to be an extremely small percentage of people who would do such a thing, and if they joined the chat room and were disruptive you would kick them out..
<Loquacious1> I also have a stalker, I know how important being invisible is
<nightrain-ke5jxo> over 10$, just wont work for most people..
<~Leo> exactly - then they'd need to take the time to get a new one
<~Leo> and having a mailing address would also help
<nightrain-ke5jxo> Lonndawg, but "showing" of a document or something would give it some lag-time between wanting to troll.. and actual trolling.
<Loquacious1> Actually TWiT already has my information from when I bought bricks on the receipt
<LonnDawg> Yep Leo
<~Leo> I don't mind if it's a fake identity - just that it's hard to create
<~Leo> It might be that we can continue to use IRC with some sort of invite system
<~Leo> but we're also looking at commercial alternatives
<LonnDawg> oh Leo.. You can only go so far to verify somebody's identity... You want to be totally strict... Then you need it signed by a notary...:-))
<~Leo> I don't really need to know their true identity - I just need to make signing up take time
<~Leo> then we can kick someone and it will be a lot of trouble to get back with a new identity
<ciamp> Loquacious1â€¦you matter muchly ;)
<nightrain-ke5jxo> 48 hour delay should suffice.
<Trex> Leo: The way Twitch does IRC may be of interest to you. It uses OAuth
<OldTech> Seven-day waiting period, maybe?
<nightrain-ke5jxo> ~Leo: exactly.
<LonnDawg> Leo .. The first thing to do is to try some type of verification system... And then work from there. As problems occur.. That's the way things are always done, you guys try things on your shows and then modify them as needed
<Watson> good idea Leo
<~Leo> oauth would work
<ToiLeTBuG> Leo have them all go through #unfiltered and let them be questioned.
<~Leo> at least that would be an identity
<Loquacious1> Oh, well thanks ciamp, that's sweet of you to say
<SgtMuffin> oauth has worked really well for Twitch and a few other IRC communities. You could then build an online registration system that gives them out and revokes them as needed.
<Loquacious1> I'm just feeling kinda sad these days, but am trying so hard not to
<nightrain-ke5jxo> Leo with a 48 hour delay, you could turn off the new users registratipm when trouble spikes.. and the vetted community continues uninterupted. and new users get delayed
<Trex> Leo: A write up for what they require to connect to their IRC. http://help.twitch.tv/customer/portal/articles/1302780-twitch-irc
<OldTech> I guess the problem with a delay would be patient trolls.
<J5_JCH> nightrain-ke5jxo: but - suppose there is a TTG caller who wants to followup to issue - dont want to force them to wait 48 hrs
<OldTech> Register a bunch of nicks over time, then slam you when you're not expecting it.
<SgtMuffin> You have to make sure you cannot have a bot auto fill the stuff out either.
<ciamp> Loquacious1 â€¦I, as a outsider, unbiased, can honestly say the chat is very much a part of you. A very nice part ;)
<SgtMuffin> Because if it uses a captcha that a bot can figure out it's pointless, they'll find a way.
<nightrain-ke5jxo> J5_JCH: thats what i was curious about, and wanted to see stats. are there lots of new faces showing up everyday? or is it us same old folks everday?
<~Leo> and our trolls are nothing if not patient
<ToiLeTBuG> Where's the teach? Is Leo still lurkin?
<~Leo> I'm going to pm all you chat mods
<@cwbp> Leo, thanks.... I will email you
<@Keith512> i will so the same
<~Leo> thanks cwbp
<~Leo> I really appreciate
<OldTech> One clear frame is all it takes for info to escape.
<~Leo> is can0k
<~Leo> out completely?
<J5_JCH> AnroUser: true - but now we have NO delay so no chance to catch anything so something is better was my thought
<PcGuy8088> AnroUser: the only reason its 15 sec delay is because the stream has to be transcoded on the fly I believe by the providers like bg or ustream so that delay is being implemented after any cut off point
<AnroUser> Since what the miscreants want are Leo flubs... which might seem harmless at the time.... might not do the trick
<cr1> was the video stream the vector for the trolling. i thought the trolling culprit is twitter itself
<~Leo> way too hard to do a delay on video
<~Leo> very expensive
<~Leo> sponsors have reached out and expressed their concern. The troll is writing to each and every one of them and sending them links to his site, etc.
<~Leo> Most are savvy enough to understand that it's just trolling. A few we have had to talk down off the ledge.
<phil> all this fuss over a harmless picture.. sad anyone would give it a second thought.. or a first one
<~Leo> I'm not kidding when I say he is trying to put us out of business
<Web2741> oh my god. use a production machine without personal accounts on air, and dont talk about sticky business or employee matters on air/dropcams. the ammunition they have was hand fed to them !
<~Leo> it's not just his faked dick pick
<~Leo> it's many many more things over an 18 month period
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We are all upset by Leo displaying a penis live during The Tech Guy podcast. The question is, where can you go for closure? Well, Leo does The Tech Guy for Premiere Radio Networks and he can’t even bother to show up on time.
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Chat begins at May 27 2015 11:33 PST
Leo's lines only for brevity
<~Leo> don't miss it yet
<~Leo> we're looking into some sort of verified system
<~Leo> $1/month or something
<~Leo> lisa talked me off the ledge
<~Leo> I think it would be a better experience for us all - as long as we can keep the trolls at bay
<~Leo> it's not the money - it would force identification. We would give it all to the mods
<~Leo> as long as they want to stick around
<~Leo> actually [redacted doxxing] will
<~Leo> he's loaded
<~Leo> but we can block him
<~Leo> we'd let hosts choose whether they want to do their shows live
<~Leo> at least that's what we're thinking
<~Leo> trolls absolutely will pay
<~Leo> [redacted doxxing]'s family owns a [redacted doxxing]!
<~Leo> it's not to keep them out - it's to identify and eliminate them
<~Leo> we're trying to figure out how to keep the live stream
<~Leo> I don't want people to pay for that
<~Leo> I heard your pain
<~Leo> we'll just figure it out
<~Leo> I don't want [redacted doxxing] to win
<~Leo> stream is free - no matter what
<~Leo> we might want to make chat more constrained to take some of the pressure off the mods
<~Leo> no paywall to live
<~Leo> that's against my philosophy
<~Leo> agreed mick
<~Leo> but putting it behind a paywall might help
<~Leo> fewer drivebys
<~Leo> but we're investigating options
<~Leo> we're not going to get rid of live
<~Leo> lisa talked me down
UPDATE 3: Leo, unable to do The Tech Guy without a chat room to give him the answers, is walking it all back, unsurprisingly.
UPDATE 2: Gawker and Perez Hilton have now covered the story, in which Leo lies about what happened. (He claims the video and everything else including his “oooo” sound of regret he made is a “photoshop”.) TOMO News has spoofed it as well.
UPDATE 1: Leo said that the official #twitlive chatroom was “never of value” and that the chatters “have no lives.” Understandably this has caused concern in the chatroom. The video from today appears below. Click here to watch on YouTube if you like.
In a truly stunning announcement, Internet buffoon Leo Laporte said that “the trolls win” shortly before the start of “MacBreak Weekly” and then promptly dropped the devastating news that he’s shutting down his chat and behind-the-scenes livestream in one week.
The result of this rash decision means that the current shows will just air simply as shows—with pre-taped bits or reruns inbetween. So there goes the fun atmosphere that he initially tried to setup when he spent over $1 million on the Brickhouse.
Leo failed to mention, however, that it’s his behavior over the years that really put the final nail in the coffin. His consistent sexism and disgusting anti-family-friendly nature is the real reason why he is shutting down the livestream and chat, so as to ensure that his disastrous flubs and fuck-ups won’t be caught by loyal TotalDrama watchers.
The official chatroom is going crazy with all sorts of questions and comments:
<Web8249> question: if i go to the twit live show can I still see leo laportes weewee or do the strip teases end with the streaming? asking for a friend.
Losing the chat is disappointing but losing the livestream is devastating
<Web2385> Good point BillHicks, every week the chat room has to correct him numerous times while he's on air.
<gardner> im confused how endling live twit affects trolls?
<Web5209> Good move kill off your most passionate Fans. Yikes
<NLind2400_Air2> How is Lep going to get suggestions on TTG now?
UPDATE 3:Gawker and Perez Hilton have now covered the story, in which Leo lies about what happened. TOMO News has spoofed it as well. (He claims the video and everything else including his “oooo” sound of regret he made is a “photoshop”.)
This has been removed from YouTube: “This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy against spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content.” Hmmm. Who could have done that? Watch the uncensored version above.
Leo Laporte only has one job where he’s not the boss, and he can’t bother to show up on time.
Watch the video below to watch everyone freak out when he doesn’t show up for The Tech Guy and it seems like Nathan starts a re-run (#Soup says the same thing at the beginning of every show so it’s hard to tell if it’s a re-run or feedback).
However, it sounds like the boondoggle is in dire straits. Leo Laporte conferred with head hands-on-hip-placer and office-walkabout-leader Patrick and discussed how bad things have gotten. The content is a bit long, and again, you deserve a prize (contribute to our Patreon so we can hit our goal!) if you make it all the way through.
We cleaned up the audio a bit. Make sure to scroll past the video for more information.
The most telling fact is how their publishing system sounds like it is woefully incomplete. They “ran out of money” to make it work properly, according to the #Soup guzzler. We can only guess where that money went.