A bunch of cunts, mostly in the Australian sense. Except that one guy.

Chris McKinstry: setting the record straight

Nobody on this forum should blame themselves for what Chris McKinstry did.  His message was cross-posted to our Yahoo! Robitron group of 200+ members, several of whom took parallel measures to those reported on ?off, such as contacting police and embassies.  For all we know, Chris may have posted his message elsewhere and contacted other people as well. 

Robitron is a watering hole for Loebner Prize and Turing Test enthusiasts, chatterbot progammers, and other related A.I. mad scientists.  Chris posted quite a few flames there and left more than one of us with guilty feelings about our responses to his theories.

Hats off to Robitron for not even considering for one moment shutting down its forum over this incident.
Permalink Send private email Dr. Rich Wallace 
January 26th, 2006 7:51am
Careful you'll have a lot of psychopathic posters on your hands at this rate.
Permalink Send private email Simon Lucy 
January 26th, 2006 7:59am
http://antyx.blogspot.com/2006/01/chris-mckinstry-is-dead-and-i-wont-be.html

I don't blame myself one bit. :)
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
January 26th, 2006 7:59am
Dr. Wallace -

Thank you for your encouraging words and for your message (I think I've seen you post a number of places now including ?off and maybe kuro5hin?)

Pardon me for saying so, but it seems that every time you post, you insert a bit of an advertisement for your little group there.  It seems very tacky.  I'd stop doing that.

But thank you for the seemingly well intentioned message, nonetheless.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 26th, 2006 8:02am
Is there a K5 article?  Anyone got a link?
Permalink Cool Dad 
January 26th, 2006 8:23am
Getting beat up in the queue, as usual

http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2006/1/25/111113/520
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 26th, 2006 8:23am
Isn't Advertising one of the 7 stages of Grieving?

My mistake, it was Acceptance :-)
Permalink Send private email Dr. Rich Wallace 
January 26th, 2006 8:27am
Permission Denied, motherfucker.
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
January 26th, 2006 8:58am
Oh, you have to have an account to see unpublished articles.  I always forget that.

Can't be helped.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 26th, 2006 9:00am
For some reason Michael Crawford is describing in his typical link-heavy, fullsome way about BPD.  I know my heart shouldn't sink but when I see his name at the top of something, it's like when you see an Albert Kallal post and you just know without even looking that its going to include lengthy descriptions of something in MS access.
Permalink Cool Dad 
January 26th, 2006 9:13am
You mean you actually read Crawford's articles/comments?
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 26th, 2006 9:14am
I usually give up after about the 3rd or 4th google bomb, or the sixth manic diary entry or article trying to right all the perceived wrongs in the world.  Or him pretending to be a frog to whore adsense.
Permalink Cool Dad 
January 26th, 2006 10:30am
Who has received more free advertising from this tragedy than Joel Spolsky?  Isn't the story now "Joel Spolsky shuts down popular web forum after suicide note posted by member turns out to be real?"  I never heard of Joel Spolsky before.  I heard of Chris McKinstry.
Permalink Send private email Adsense Whore 
January 26th, 2006 10:56am
Sorry if that's you Michael :-)  You are still an adsense whore though.
Permalink Cool Dad 
January 26th, 2006 11:12am
It IS true that Joel's name is getting attached to this story, which I think at first was intended to be derogatory, but now it seems to be made out like Joel had the sad but necessary duty of closing ?off, which is bullshit.
Permalink Send private email Jesus on a Pogostick 
January 26th, 2006 11:16am
There was a kuro5hin article on there a while back -- I'm still getting a fair amount of traffic from it:

http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2006/1/24/203853/458

Fuck knows how they found my site -- I wasn't showing up on Google when it the story was posted -- but find it they did.
Permalink Send private email Mat Hall 
January 26th, 2006 12:59pm
You were in Wikipedia...
Permalink The Notorious T.A.W. 
January 26th, 2006 2:26pm
<<Nobody on this forum should blame themselves for what Chris McKinstry did. >>

...blame implies that he did something wrong.
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January 26th, 2006 3:15pm

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