Troll comments on YouTube video by sending comment via postal mail to uploader's home

Bill and Mara, Florida-based electrical engineering majors, decided to get married. Their shared passion for their field inspired them to theme their "ultimate geek wedding" as “Circuit and Swirls,” and they created invitations with LED-running circuits.

Ever the DIY-er, Bill posted a video and a how-to on his blog.

Some jerk mailed a handwritten manifesto (which he described as a "concerned warning") to their home address, because sometimes posting a nasty YouTube comment on someone's sweet shared thing just isn't enough.

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(via Matt Richardson)


      1. There’s value in warning people to not post their address to the internet – and taking advantage of meat-space to demonstrate that seems pretty appropriate.

        1. No there isn’t any value at all.  Not when the warning is embedded in a swamp of implicit threat, nope, no value.  Maybe in a PSA or one of those For Dummies books.  But if you went to the trouble to find my home address, write up a list of things that are wrong with me, and include a warning about posting my address, that almost rises to the level of threat.

        2.  Yeah, leave it up to the multitude of third party person-finding web “services” to post your address for you!!

        3. If by appropriate you mean psychotic.

          Appropriate in it’s normal usage would have been an email–“Hey, when you zoom in at X seconds, I can make out your address.  Might want to blur that.”

  1. When I upload a still image to Flickr, there’s all sorts of options for fiddling with the image before it gets published. There should be a similar function on Youtube that lets you blur out things like addresses, company logos, stuff like that- before it goes live. Sure, you could do that at home, but video editing is still expensive, in terms of time and money spent. 

  2. The handwritten note can be summed up in three words: OVER THE TOP.

    I hope that if Andrew from the internet ever gets married and sends out invitations everyone replies with a handwritten note that says, “There is no call for this. It’s just for attention. Also, that whole wedding registry thing? Kinda trashy.”

      1. If he is, we’re all sitting here making fun of someone for being mentally ill.

        My grandma and grandpa got a rambling letter from a neighborhood paranoid schizophrenic, and as unintentionally hilarious as it is, I wouldn’t dream of posting it online for the lulz.

        1. Ever been injured by some one who is mentally ill? I have. Ever had a bipolar schizoaffective hold a knife to your face because they’re in a pissy mood today? Ever spent a night hiding in a closet because you really don’t know if that fucker is going to shoot you and half the neighborhood tonight?

          I don’t feel sorry for people who hurt or threaten people. Hell, I’m mentally ill.

          In short… your concern is noted.

        2. This is really the apex of concern trolling. Someone acts like an asshole, and the response is to imagine mental illness and then declare all comments off-limits except those recommending providing aid.

          A friend of mine who works in mental health care has mentioned several times AT THE TOP OF HER LUNGS that it is unhelpful to the real mentally ill to lump every asshole who does something offensive in with them.

  3. I didn’t parse the article title correctly the first time through, and I briefly thought that someone was offering to print and mail hard copies of troll YouTube comments.

    1. I like this. Or embroidery. T-Shirts. Undies. There’s a plethora of brilliance there to be mined.

    2. Ha! I thought it was going to be a hack so you could get the home address of everyone who posts comments on youtube videos (I know, I know, still at least 3 years off) and send them your own troll letters.  At home.  Think we both read ‘troll’ as a verb there.  

  4. OK so including his personal opinions on marriage was maybe a bit much (though definitely not long, incoherent and rambling enough to be considered a manifesto), but the part about not publishing your address on the internet is a fair point.

  5. I gotta say, as Internet trolls go, that one was pretty mild.

    I’ve had people post comments to my YouTube channel that were downright threatening. As in, “I’d kill you if I knew who you were”. And no, my channel isn’t actually all that provocative. Some people are just plain nuts and have no idea how to express a disagreement in a civil, non-abusive way.

    Even the Boing Boing commenting rules acknowledge this.

    That’s why the channel’s under a pseudonym, and always will be no matter how hard Google tries to get me to use my real name. Even when you’re mostly minding your business, you never know when someone with a screw loose is going to show up. And they can actually be dangerous.

    1. Yeah. Sorry, but at this point if it isn’t “hey you whore I’m going to rape you and your sister” I hardly consider it trolling anymore. 

      That’s… sad, now that I think of it.

      (PS: I don’t have a sister)

  6. I took “there’s no call for this, it’s just for attention” as ironic, and I thought the note was pretty cute.

  7. Hey guys, Bill here.

    I just wanted to add we didn’t mean to post our home address. I just didn’t catch the fact that if you watch the video in 1080P, pause it on the right 3/10 of a second, and zoom in on the envelope you can see the return address label. Had I caught that in editing I would have blurred it out!

    1. That’s pretty creepy for somebody who means you no harm. Passive-aggressive excuses aside, he obviously had his hate on for you presuming to publicize your wedding.

      “There are idiots on the internet” is thoroughly proven here.

      EDIT: Of course, I forgot to mention congrats!!! And bully for you, for making cool stuff for any reason, let alone your wedding.

      1. Nice family. Shame if something were to happen to them. By the way, here’s a list of things I think suck about you…

    2. 1) your wedding invitations are *amazing*, I wish I had the talent to do such a thing.
      2) I’m going to be “that guy” and say that on several pictures of the RSVP on your site there’s a phone number visible. Which may or may not be a big deal to you.

      Oh and congratulations !

    3. Since you got “snail trolled” and some one else noted a visible phone number, why not go ahead and shut that barn door? re do the edit with some extra attention to blurring, then re-upload and kill the old video. I know I’d feel better for you. I appreciate the person’s comment below that it would be a wonderful world with no a-holes in it to do mean stuff if you let some personal info slip, but, well, that ain’t the real world.

      Congrats and that invite looked like a crapton of work. Plus cool! My home brewed invites were a ton of work and I just did normal stuff.

      1.  Funny story, the phone number visible was a printing mistake, thankfully it’s for a phone that doesn’t exist. I almost wish it connected to a voicemail just to see what kind of calls we would get.

  8. If they didn’t want to video edit, it would have been very simple to use a marker to black out the address.

    I used to volunteer on a listening hotline. The address was totally confidential, even to our spouses. Most of the people were no problem, but a few times I was REALLY grateful no one could find out the location. Seriously, some people are screwed up, and it just takes one screwed up person. 

    The note should have sent chills up their spines.

    1. It probably did, but really shouldn’t we focus the blame on the assholes who make it so freaking nasty?

      I mean yes… we can all dig holes and hide so that a bunch of assholes can roam freely. But why not just put a tombstone on that hole while we’re at it then?

  9. You kids and your fancy-schmancy comment sections.  Back in my day, we’d send our out-of-nowhere racist, sexist, and homophobic tirades about your kitten videos by way of Pony Express.


      1. It was a good thing I was alone in the office.  My laughter might have caused some prairie-dogging amongst the cubicles.

      2. If only I could post in a cuneiform font, I’d totally top your comment. But I can’t so I’ll concede to you.

    1. You should legally change your name to that. I know a woman who went to court and became Pamela of the Desert.

  10. He left a comment on youtube as well, whence you can travel through the series of tubes pretty quickly over to his twitter account.

    Honestly, after reading a bit of that, the only surprise is that he managed to take a sufficiently long break from whiny brogrammer navel gazing to actually write a letter (and to criticism somebody’s choices on invitations, in the sloppy script of somebody who is merely affecting a fountain pen and doesn’t actually know how to use it… Epic class there.)

    1. Somebody who uses a global computer network to announce when he takes a Nyquil nap, calling somebody OVER THE TOP for using circuitry to make a fancy wedding invitation. 

      Seriously, would the world just end already?

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