- 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
- Topix and the Great Disc Drive
in the Sky
February 17, 2014 12:50AM
- The Vast Harm of Topix
February 10, 2014 05:59AM
- Shut Down Topix's Human
January 28, 2014 09:03AM
- Topix Drug Forums Shut Down
January 24, 2014 01:20AM
- Topix's Unjust Legal Shield,
January 02, 2014 01:54PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “You know, your answer is
very interesting and
me, I am an
January 22, 2014 01:55AM
- “What is their
investment/effort in trolling?
How much is the
use of trained
January 21, 2014 10:53PM
- “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
Virginia Hoge's Links
Bond - Terry Winters
Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny,… Read full post »
"Typical. You make the assumption that being a journalist gives you a special role with regard to your opinion vs those of the people."
[First published February 3, 2012]
Opinions of the people??? There is so much censorship on Topix, the opinions it… Read full post »
Topix did not care, for my re-posting the NSA post. Ya think??????? Check this out, screen shots from their Internet Troll forum:
Is Topix lawless?
Force accomplished NOTHING. It only builds resistance and… Read full post »
[Originially published November, 2010, Updated]
Chris Tolles wrote this Tweet regarding this issue.
yes! Keys being rigor & care. Also, understanding that if it's you vs. NSA, you are outgunned. Also encryption attracts eyes :) - Chris Tolles tweet, March 25, 2012
Outgunned? Encr… Read full post »
In a weirdly symbolic move, Topix has banned -Jesus- and removed all of His comments. He made it to only 80 Comments.
The religious debate threads on Topix are popular, though often a source of heated debate that gets ugly on occasion. Some great writing exists on them… Read full post »
"News is a weapon too important to leave to people who can’t even figure out how to run a profitable business." - Chris Tolles, CEO of Topix
"...they don't understand which side of the Agincourt analogy they are on. They face superior weapons and a difference in… Read full post »
Originally published in May, 2010
CHRIS TOLLES DECLARED WAR ON NEWSPAPERS, JOURNALISTS AND MEDIA ETHICS
[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]
The Dirt of Profit over People
"But Jeez, why is it that all the old newspaper guys think there's some giant pile of money at the top of the… 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 »