An internet user has been found guilty of what police said was Britain's first "web-rage" attack. Paul Gibbons, 47, tracked down John Jones using details obtained online after the pair exchanged insults in an internet chatroom, a court heard.
Web Rage? That's a new one on me. Probably shouldn't blog this either incase one of them comes round and has a pop at me.
Mind you, can't say I haven't wanted to do that myself to many a person on the net. I'm sure that in certain newsgroups there must be a configuration that takes someone's IQ and sets it to a value lower than the persons age.
Some people do tend to lose their rag when taking part in online conversations. Can't see the point of it. If I didn't have anonymous comments disabled on this blog, I am sure there would be a flood of people annoyed with this post, just because they want to annoy someone. Flaming and Trolling seem to be common place in nearly all NG's and forums I am a member of.
Can't say I've ever 'flamed' anyone before, and I've always tried not to result to personal insults, unless the person is obviously 'one wire short of a twisted pair', in which case the thread has probably run its cause and they've lost the plot and then I give them both barrels.
It must have been some argument to make him want to drive 70miles from his home and do something about it. And to attack him with a pickaxe handle?
I suppose before I have a go at someone in future, I should ask them where they live and if they own a pickaxe before I have a go at them.
Det Cons Christopher Creagh, of the Metropolitan Police, said: "This is the first instance of a web-rage attack."
Det Sgt Jean-Marc Bazzoni, of Essex Police, added the case demonstrates the importance of protecting one's identity on the internet.
"Mr Jones had posted pictures of his family on the web and had chatted to Gibbons on an audio link," he said.
"It demonstrates how easily other users can put two and two together and also shows how children could also find themselves in danger."