This is the official blog of Sgt Ellie Bloggs, a real live police sergeant on the front line of England. It's not the official opinion of my police force, but all the facts I recount are true, and are not secrets. If they don't want me blogging about it, they shouldn't do it. PS If you don't pay tax, you don't pay my salary.


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Saturday, March 01, 2008

It's my blog!

Occasionally I get abuse from commenters who have had their comments deleted. Occasionally I get polite emails asking why, but it's usually abuse.

The answer is normally that it's my blog and if I don't want to see something on it, I'll delete it. This is why I have a blog and, let's be realistic, is really the point of a personal blog. If I wanted to read inappropriate and idiotic ramblings about the police, I would be on Facebook (I'm not). Or Wikipedia. The latter linked article was sent to me by a reader and relates to a police chief who has a posse of staff to edit his Wikipedia entry to make sure words like "greedy" and "moron" are removed. If you want to see Sir Norman Bettison's Wikipedia entry, you can't, because it's been disabled due to the fact that "The creator of this article, or someone who has substantially contributed to it, may have a conflict of interest regarding its subject matter". And also "Vandalism" - whatever that means online.

It seems even the most senior police officers are struggling to cope with New Age vandalism and are running scared nationwide.

Incidentally, I am not on Wikipedia. Anyone wishing to rectify that fact CAN. But be aware I WILL be hiring a small taskforce of highly-paid civilians to contribute daily compliments about me to the page. It's just that important to me.

Update 15th March: Yippee I AM now on Wiki!

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36 Comments:

Blogger Mr Ken said...

One of the reasons I used to like Wikipedia was that anyone could go on and, say, delete all reference to Stockport, or write that Lord such-and-such was married to a monkey. It wasn't the most rigorous source of information but it could be good fun.

Sadly, it's getting all serious. It seems now that zero-tolerance is only applied to our sense of humour and our proud tradition of laughing at our leaders.

And yet we have a proud history of ripping the p*** out of the pompous; from Spitting Image puppets to Jonathan Swift's Lilliputions, and even as far back dark-age farmers taking the mickey out of King Alfred's ability to bake a cake, we've always been ready to mock the powerful.

Let's not let our po-faced leaders believe that we believe their propaganda. Let's continue to ridicule, if not on Wiki, then on blogs like this.

01 March, 2008 17:20

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sir Norm obviously hasn't served on the front line for some years now!
If he had he would know a bit of personal abuse, having nasty things written - or even daubed on walls about you, are par for the course.
Sir Norm obviously has no PR Guru. We would all of been impressed if he had said "I have a few more worthy things to do than be bothered with my Wikipedia page - if people are writing nasty things about me I am obviously doing my job right!"

01 March, 2008 21:57

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sir Norm obviously hasn't served on the front line for some years now!
If he had he would know a bit of personal abuse, having nasty things written - or even daubed on walls about you, are par for the course.
Sir Norm obviously has no PR Guru. We would all of been impressed if he had said "I have a few more worthy things to do than be bothered with my Wikipedia page - if people are writing nasty things about me I am obviously doing my job right!"

01 March, 2008 21:57

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Madame Author - you are far too touchy.

And far too Touchy feely as well



Anyway, if you want a personal web log (an oxymoron if ever there were one) - then why post your damned tripe on the internet in the first place? .....and then go the extra mile and actively and invite public contributions?

01 March, 2008 23:58

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a nice blog and is updated regularly. Can't ask for more than that.

02 March, 2008 01:56

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As you say lass, it's your blog. It's entertaining, informative, well written and updated regularly. Keep it up!
Dave the Dog

02 March, 2008 12:59

 
Blogger Unsworth said...

Too damn right. Your blog, your rules. And those who don't like it should sod off.

02 March, 2008 18:46

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The blog is your patch...your beat and it's just yours. Police it the way you see fit. We all know that there are some that wear the blue......shouldn't.

Some might even deserve to be wearing black and white stripes..........KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

02 March, 2008 19:38

 
Blogger Emma said...

You do just what you want with it, I did stop anonymous comments for that reason but we shouldn't have too..xx

02 March, 2008 21:00

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work a bit in psychological profiling.

This character who keeps posting addressing you as 'Madame Author'... I suggest he (it is a he) is a slightly smelly, badly-dressed single man who has trouble with women. He has been disappointed in life, lives in a flat, has a low level degree or no degree at all and is certainly impotent.

Keep up the good work, Bloggsy.

03 March, 2008 09:39

 
Anonymous Richard, Nottingham said...

Without abuse :

Sweety, you couldn't do a better job of portraying the police in a negative fashion. Not even if you were paid to. If I were a copper I'd ask you, politely, to please stop blogging about me. You certainly don't make a case for your much vaunted back dated pay rise. At least, not to any sane taxpayer. Perhaps you're in the wrong line of work.

Oh, and, Garry Newlove.

03 March, 2008 10:18

 
Blogger PC Bloggs said...

Just for those of you who don't know much about computers, when people leave comments I can see their IP address. This does not mean I can always trace where you live, but it does mean I can tell when the same commenter repeatedly comments under different pseudonyms, which is one of the reasons I delete certain comments.

To the reader who has put me on Wiki, hoorah!

03 March, 2008 11:31

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some interesting comments on the Army rumour website about Sir Norm...
http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/index.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=1821955

03 March, 2008 13:50

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the Army website above..

Like a Blackadder script you can imagine what goes on there (Centrex)

"Our Policing is directed sir?"

"Well, of course it is, -- directed according to the Grand Plan"

"Would that be the plan to continue with totally alienating our traditional support base, spend more time worrying about offending anyone and not actually policing, be beholden to any special interest group, worry about health and safety, create massive amounts of paperwork and do everything but what the taxpayer really wants?"

"Great Scott! Even you know it! Guard! Guard! Bolt all the doors; hammer large pieces of crooked wood against all the windows! This security leak is far worse than we'd imagined"

03 March, 2008 14:34

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

''Just for those of you who don't know much about computers, when people leave comments I can see their IP address. This does not mean I can always trace where you live, but it does mean I can tell when the same commenter repeatedly comments under different pseudonyms, which is one of the reasons I delete certain comments.''

Even if the outgoing traffic is via two internal networks and a proxy with 400 end users? What if the same computer is being used by lots of users? IP address proves nothing only the comments were from that pc, not necessarily the same person!

03 March, 2008 17:04

 
Anonymous TheBinarySurfer said...

It's amazing the number of people on the web (and i'm referring to a number of the commenters here not Ms Bloggs herself) who don't understand irony, humor or sarcasm isn't it?

03 March, 2008 17:11

 
Blogger Drugsblogger said...

Ellie,

It's not right that your blog (or you)should be the subject of abuse. Yes, you choose to put your thoughts on-line and so you must expect them to be challenged, made fun of or refuted - that's one of the joys of the WonderWeb. It doesn't mean that it's a flamer free-for-all though. I'd put anonymous abusive letters in the bin and the same applies to abusive posts.

03 March, 2008 17:24

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""Even if the outgoing traffic is via two internal networks and a proxy with 400 end users? What if the same computer is being used by lots of users? IP address proves nothing only the comments were from that pc, not necessarily the same person""

Most of us on this blog daren't use the jobs computers to post comments (except obviously Mr Bettison - but that's different !!)
The vast majority of comments are likely to be from home pcs

03 March, 2008 17:27

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

''Most of us on this blog daren't use the jobs computers to post comments (except obviously Mr Bettison - but that's different !!)
The vast majority of comments are likely to be from home pcs''

Agreed but the point I was making was an IP address proves nothing only that the message was sent from that pc. Home pc's can and do get used by more than one person.

03 March, 2008 17:50

 
Anonymous nightjack said...

I have grabbed a hold of the Wikipedia page for Police Blogs and updated the list. Ellie is on it as is Gadget. I am sure I haven't got everyone.

Any suggestions for changes or additions, please let me know via my blog or go to Wikipedia police blogs and go for it.

03 March, 2008 20:51

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 17:27
If you're on a internal network going via a proxy server then what Bloggsy sees is the IP address of the proxy not that of your PC
Check that the IP address of your PC begins with 10, 160 or 192 since these three ranges are reserved for internal use and won't get sent across the web, the proxy will substitute it's own external IP address for yours.
The proxy then maintains an internal table that records which IP addresses on the internal network are connected through to which external addresses and knows which incoming packets are meant for which internal PC
Bloggsy can't narrow you down to which of the 400 PC's you are but the guy looking after the proxy certainly can, he can see the table anytime he wants and it will give him a list of every website your PC has visited, when and for how long and what your userid is.
If you are using a works PC to visit banned sites then catching you out is dead easy.

03 March, 2008 21:41

 
OpenID nightjack said...

Anon 21.41, it all rather depends on which proxy you use. Do you remember the penet.fi story?

Long story short is some people are v v good at obscuring their identities on line and most people leave tracks like an elephant in fresh snow.

03 March, 2008 22:01

 
Blogger PC Bloggs said...

All correct regarding IP addresses, however people logging in via work servers or for example those of universities have a set range of IP addresses that are similar. I cannot locate an address for them or tell who they are, but I can link different "anonymous" posters to each other as likely to be the same person - which is the only claim I am making!

03 March, 2008 23:26

 
Anonymous Jaques said...

WPC Bloggs - can you also identify hypocrisy?

Not using police computes at work ?

"...PS meant to say, thanks for all the comical moments when I was bored at work. Feel free to promote those police bloggers who are still toiling away...

9:20 PM, January 10, 2008..."


Posted by PC Bloggs on Coppersblog

04 March, 2008 01:41

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 21:41

''Check that the IP address of your PC begins with 10, 160 or 192 since these three ranges are reserved for internal use and won't get sent across the web, the proxy will substitute it's own external IP address for yours.''

I think you mean 172 instead of 160! If not then I'm going to have to resit my N+ exam!

04 March, 2008 08:11

 
Anonymous Steve said...

Jaques, you have got a bee in your bonnet, haven't you? :-)
What on earth can Bloggsy have done to you to make you want to trawl back through another blog to find a post from weeks ago which proves nothing? You poathetic little man... has she nicked you for kiddy fiddling at some point in the past?

04 March, 2008 11:33

 
Blogger PC Bloggs said...

When did I ever say you shouldn't use computers at work to look at Coppersblog? Jacques clearly has a problem identifying the difference between me and other people who post here! If we're on a break at work and don't take the piss by surfing the net for hours, my force has no problem with it and has said so!

04 March, 2008 16:52

 
Anonymous Jaques Lefavre said...

Don't ever try poker WPC Bloggs

You are a poor liar.

Time after time on all these blogs "honest" coppers bemoan how they are forbidden to use access the net whilst on duty for any purpose unrelated to work.

In fact many forces have blocked certain blog sites because of such wide scale frivolous misuse of police resources.

...Your employers have a different policy you say WPC Bloggs? - and which force would that be then?

04 March, 2008 21:39

 
Anonymous Richard, Nottingham said...

Jaques said :

"- and which force would that be then?"

Jaques, they're not called a force these days. They're called a service. Apparently it sounds much less offensive, and much nicer.

05 March, 2008 16:32

 
Anonymous Jaques said...

Thanks Richard ... force service, whatever -

- and they all ban Plod from skiving off on works time by surfing the Net. No matter what WPC Bloggs claims to the contrary

05 March, 2008 20:23

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pointless petty flamewarring above aside, vandalism on a wiki is things like someone replacing the content of the page with a string of random insults or a short essay on how great their friend is. In the case of the article you're talking about, it was probably the former - controversial articles often get a lot of that.

To Mr Ken at the top: Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not a satire site, which is why they like to have just the facts on it. They're trying to be objective and reliable. If you want satire, I recommend the excellent uncyclopedia.org, which is a parody of Wikipedia where you can say what you like about people. Have fun!

07 March, 2008 17:35

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 8.11

You won't have to resit your exam You're absolutely right and I'm wrong
the Class B reserved address range is 172.16 -> 172.31
I don't know what made me think it was 160, I think I'm probably going senile.

07 March, 2008 22:22

 
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