Yesterday I received email notification that someone had left a blog comment on one of my entries. There’s not too many people that I know who actually visit yet alone leave a comment, so when I didn’t recognize the person who left the comment I was a little curious as to who it might be. The email I get from my blog provider (WordPress) is very informative. It outlines the comment left and gives you the option to set the comment as spam, by providing a link, or deleting it. One of the other things it tries to give you is some way to identify who the person is who left the comment.
New comment on your post #357 “My sight has been awakened”
Author : nick (IP: 220.127.116.11 , S0106001217ba38f0.cg.shawcable.net)
E-mail : email@example.com
URL : http://nick
Whois : http://ws.arin.net/cgi-bin/whois.pl?queryinput=18.104.22.168
Ugh btw the local channel was removed because we needed space on our satellites for HD, not because of the 1 dollar service fee..remove your tin hat buddy
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Above is the actual email I received from this person “Nick”. His comment wasn’t anything horrible or offensive in any way, but in his last sentence “remove your tin hat buddy” implies that I am some kind of crackpot paranoid freak who wears tin foil on his head to prevent “big brother” from reading his mind, which surprisingly enough I’m not! Him suggesting that I am paranoid is a little odd as it was “Nick” who took it upon himself to try to hide who he actually is by setting his return email address to be firstname.lastname@example.org and by making his URL to be http://nick, which are both obviously bogus.
The entry he commented on was a second entry I wrote about StarChoice and how displeased I was with what they were doing, and how they went about doing it, so his comment was nothing more that an annoyance. It just so happened that as I was going through my email to remove the spam I saw this email and saw the line in the email “Author : nick (IP: 22.214.171.124 , S0106001217ba38f0.cg.shawcable.net)” and thought that “shawcable.net” was a little strange as Starchoice is owned by Shaw Cable, so I decided to click on the “Whois” link provided: http://ws.arin.net/whois/?queryinput=126.96.36.199, it yielded the following result:
OrgName: Shaw Communications Inc.
Address: Suite 800
Address: 630 – 3rd Ave. SW
NetRange: 188.8.131.52 – 184.108.40.206
NetType: Direct Allocation
Comment: ADDRESSES WITHIN THIS BLOCK ARE NON-PORTABLE
OrgAbuseName: SHAW ABUSE
OrgTechName: Shaw High-Speed Internet
So…it appears (here goes my paranoia again) that Starchoice (Shaw) has employees who’s job it is to search for the word Starchoice, perhaps to try to discern public opinion and attempt to dispel any descent, OR this “Nick” guy is perpetrating some inappropriate web-surfing on company time. In any case the WHOIS result clearly shows a point of contact and the email has a specific IP address of where the note originated from.
Gee how pissed off at Starchoice am I…? Maybe I should call and complain about this guy…