The Stop The GoodReads Bullies website has literally been a pot waiting to boil over since the site’s inception, and as of this weekend it’s all but set to blow. It’s hard to imagine how a group of people (sic) can be so idiotic- as in the classic Greek definition of the word, meaning self-centered to the point of their own detriment- that they simply can’t see the damage they’re doing to themselves and, by association and extension, others.
Their latest bout of utter insanity occurred when out of nowhere, disgraced author and STGRB coattail rider Carroll Bryant began attacking the people behind the Genxpose blog, simply because they’d linked to a statement he’d made on his site regarding STGRB being temporarily offline. His tirade culminated in a threat to doc-drop, or doxx (reveal their personal & private details online) one of the site hosts. Oddly enough, STGRB, which claims to denounce and despise such behavior, not only never checked him on it but tacitly supported it. They accepted his insane- and utterly unfounded- assumption on Gen X’s identity at face value (though have since backtracked by deleting some of the references to it) and continue to allow him a platform to spout further nonsense from.
As the screenshots clearly show, it was done simply as a point of reference, yet he interpreted it as a personal attack and began ranting and raving in the comments section of the post. Genxpose has a very liberal posting policy: to promote discourse they don’t mod or screen comments, so like Las Vegas what happens there stays there- but for all to see. Bryant pathologically ignored this fact while shuttling between STGRB and Genxpose, claiming that he’d been blocked from the site even while he was still posting on it (note the dates in each screenshot).
The roots of this conflict go back a bit, so please bear with me. Again, since its creation, STGRB has been a lightning rod for controversy, though has since become a wet sparkler. A self-published author named Melissa Douthit is widely believed to be behind the site, creating it after being expelled from Goodreads for sockpuppeting and other foolishness, hence the moniker. To my knowledge no less than three individuals have independently gathered enough publically available information to, in my opinion, shift this from theory to fact. **NEWS FLASH** Two of these persons- Ann Somerville and Gen X- were also engaged in a DMCA complaint against STGRB at the time, which further validates this, and as far back as July STGRB engaged the third person, Foz Meadows, failing in their efforts to both debunk this and trying to twist the exchange into an attack, when it clearly isn’t.
Douthit is also suspected of sustaining activity on the site via sockpuppets. The majority of the personas there post anonymously- a source of constant hypocritical ridicule, given its stated objective of full disclosure and accountability. Those that post under screen names have deliberately vague profiles that serve little purpose. The few that do post as themselves, if nothing else, display a conviction- or perhaps merely a desire for exposure- their associates sorely lack. The idea of Douthit sitting at a computer with multiple browser tabs open to maintain such a façade is creepy to say the least.
The persona Douthit is believed to using is Athena Parker, chief moderator of the site. The strongest evidence of this is STGRB’s domain registration information, which lists both Parker and Douthit. The belated explanation was that Parker and Douthit did, in fact, know each other and used to be neighbors in Monterey, CA, and that Parker started the site over concern for her BFF’s well being. Touching. Genxpose did a yeoman’s job of sifting through the data.
To Be Continued.