- Pasadena, California, US
- June 03
- Virginia Olive Hoge is an artist and writer living in Pasadena, California. She was first introduced to Topix when a serious of hostile threads and polls were built on the Pasadena Topix forums which attacked her and her liberal blog. The Topix threads built on Topix for Virginia/Ginny/Olive, now number in the hundreds. She has become one of the most trolled posters ever on Topix, stalked the entire time and is well-known there. A fighter, she has fought back on Topix, defending herself and others there.
She jumped onto the National Topix forums to understand better what was going on around the entire Country and beyond, and became familiar with the raw, brutal, coarse, dramatic, violent, and mythical world that is Topix.com.
Welcome to the outer-limits of free speech, the Wild, Wild West of Citizen Journalism. She was on Topix for four years.
What a odyssey it was.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Who is keeping the wall of
Topix silence in place?
November 16, 2013 01:35PM
- Queen of the Crybabies Award:
October 18, 2013 05:38AM
- Topix bans Olive
September 19, 2013 05:24AM
- Is Topix a threat to World
Peace? Updated 3
July 27, 2013 04:27PM
- Original NSA comments
July 26, 2013 01:40PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Sorry dear, your
comments are not welcome here,
I know you
miss me on
November 21, 2013 02:43AM
- “There have been
whistleblowers before me, but
Open Salon can
pride itself as
July 02, 2013 10:07PM
- “Open Salon has housed my
blog where fate crossed my
I was alerted to
July 02, 2013 09:50PM
- “Interesting post. What a
July 18, 2012 11:24AM
- “You make a good point
Joan, because as much as we
to deny it, people
July 18, 2012 11:13AM
Virginia Hoge's Links
[First published 2010]
I have seen many allusions to deaths caused by illegal drugs brought on Topix over the years, silent deaths because they are being hidden from exposure. Yet people are dying, kids, just two of these deaths are exposed here:
He that never changes his opinions, never corrects his mistakes, and will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today. - Tryon Edwards
As a vocal critic of Topix.com, it is way past time to write this post. I have been on Topix for 2 years and learned… Read full post »
[First published Sept. 10, 2010]
I thought Topix was as good a place as any to post my rembrances of that day 9 years ago today.
Today is September 11 2010, 9 years after the attacks on the
World Trade Center.
I was an eye… Read full post »
The fact that Topix hardly moderates their forums, the fact that they do not police their forums, has opened the floodgates to real harm happening to children on Topix via child predators.
Check out this thread:
Here is the first post:… Read full post »
[First published 2010]
I wrote this post almost 3 years ago, about the Topix Human Sexuality forums. Nothing has changed on the forum loaded with pedofiles and threads about incest, here are a few recent threads:
UPDATED: see update at the bottom of this post.
I have written about the abusive troll practice of building attack forums on Topix to persecute an individual here:
The problem is out of control. People in towns and cities across… Read full post »
Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase. - Charles Caleb Colton
Its bad enough that Topix forums are loaded with trolls. Its bad enough that their automated comment filtering system allows for vulgar profanity and slurs to slip through, bad enough… Read full post »
[First published July 6, 2010]
Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it. - Charles Dickens
I have wondered so many times, why the nation's journalists have sat back, and let Chris Tolles trash… Read full post »
Topix has an incredibly fishy, automated comment moderation system, no wonder they have so many trolls. Chris Tolle's wrote about the Anonymous Commenting phenomena here:
excerpt: "But looking at the numbers, eliminating anonymous comments… Read full post »
[Originally published June, 2010]
This post came about when a Topix friend, Buncy, alerted me to a death threat posted to Obama by a poster naming itself Angry Voter on the Asheville NC Topix forum. The death threat to the President was not only not being deleted, Buncy's comments decrying… Read full post »
Topix.com is not only a troll-filled mosh-pit, it is hard to get their offensive, slanderous and harassing comments removed. Flagging is ineffective and complaints submitted to the Feedback link, the only method Topix offers to contact them with complaints, take days and days to be addressed, if at a… Read full post »
In the 10 months I have been on Topix.com, I never once saw the presence of a moderator, that is until May 26, 2010, when the presence of the blue-boxed "Top Mod" made their appearance on a thread I had been commenting on.
Apparently Top Mod is a presence on… Read full post »
From the horse's mouth! Chris Tolles, CEO of Topix.com, commenting on the post:tolles wrote:… Read full post »
"It's kind of hard for me to take seriously complaints about anonymous commentary from people who are anonymous. Let me point out that you all, obviously. are
a resemblance, no?
"I guess its time for another crop of news products from journalists. Why is it that when these guys all go onto the field of battle "once more into the breach" style, they don't understand which… Read full post »
One of the worst trolling practices on Topix.com is name-stealing. This practice is happening across the country and it consists of the Topix trolls lifting the username of a commentator, and re-using it in their mocking, hostile comments.
This is a purely destructive device, it effective… Read full post »
[First published May 2010]
"But Jeez, why is it that all the old newspaper guys think there's some giant pile of money at the top of the trust pyramid? There isn't. All the money… Read full post »
This comment was written in anwer to this Chris Tolles' post on Topix.com, my reply follows.
"But Jeez, why is it that all the old newspaper guys think there's some giant pile of money at the top of the trust pyramid?… Read full post »
ugh wrote:"This is the worst most disgusting website I have ever seen! It allows teenage bullying and slander to minors. I can not believe that there has not been a law suit against it. Its going to take a teenagers life soon."… Read full post »
Chris Tolles' post on Topix.com:
excerpt: "But looking at the numbers, eliminating anonymous comments is only going to limit the number of comments at the end of the day, not dramatically improve the quality of discourse on the web."… Read full post »
Shadow-banning is being practiced and trolls are being given access to hidden posting aids and extra protection
Topix forums are the number one internet community forums linked
to newspapers in America.
From their website:
Topix is the leading news community on the Web, connecting peo… Read full post »
Topix is the number one Google search-engine result for local news, for millions of small towns across America. This means that a significant portion of America is receiving its "news" from Topix. They have posted over 100-million comments:
"The milestone should be hit at some point today, as… Read full post »
The wise Topix critic JLS, first coined the phrase Topix is the bubonic plague of the Internet, he also called it a template for evil and intellectual decadence.
His words have come true over and over again. Its not a news destination,… Read full post »