I was going to let this post go, but now I am sort of compelled to write this piece.
Yesterday, something very strange happened … there was a comment on my previous post about sponsorships and stuff, from a guy named saurabh.
When I clicked on the name, I was taken to my own profile …
At first, I thought that either someone had gotten hold of my blogger password, or I, might have posted the comment in a delirious state myself …
Anyways, the trick is simple.
You say you want to post a comment, then click on the “other” option and then paste my profile URL in the URL area and volla … identity theft.
Though I have a pretty good idea who had done it (dude! I have a counter which tells me which ISP you guys come from), I thought I’d let it go and I deleted the comment, because it was pretty rude in context that the particular individual would go to the extent of spoofing my I.D. to probably mock me or for whatever reason he had …
For the benefit of all the people reading this, this was the comment that was posted to my previous post.
Hehe, But I’ve agreed to sponsor 100K more to the Prize money from my own pocket money;) Well, If it dosn’t suffice, I’d get it by selling my Computer, Bike and anything and everything I own;) For me, the Inter-College Festival is above everyting else…;)
My verdict – not cool !
But then, after having deleted the comment, this person had the audacity to come and post the some comment again today – at approximately the same time as yesterday.
This time, I am not deleting the comment. You can read it here.
For your benefit, posting it here also …
Oops! Somebody has impersonated me on the last comment! I just deleted it, and incase any of you saw that last commnet, I suppose I can assure I am not sponsoring my money on that;)
I don’t know whether I am reacting to this in a proper manner or not, but I am pretty pissed.
Hence this post.
I am not going to remove the anonymous comment posting feature, because I believe that everybody reading what I write, should be able to express their opinions.
However, going way out and spoofing an identity, is just plain shameless.
I have a fairly good idea who you are, and you know who you are … and I pretty much know that you are reading this too !
As for the statement about the inter collegiate event being above everything else for me, it isn’t quite so.
The only difference is that I believe that something worth doing, is worth doing well – or not at all.
For people who have no motivation in life, and spend most of their lives just “planning” and who probably don’t have what it takes to go and actually do something, this concept might be a bit difficult to grasp.
I am not complaining at all.
From the time the vacations have started, a couple of us guys have been slogging our asses off, trying to get sponsorship for an event, which has no “visible” benefit for the whole lot of us.
At times, we wonder, why are we bothering with all this …
Things aren’t going too well … but we aren’t quitting anytime soon.
It is easier to sit on the sidelines and pass judgement.
I don’t blame these people … I actually pity them.
And these are the same people, who will turn up at the end of the event to collect their “Certificate of Appreciation” for helping out in the event.
I am not complaining … I have made my peace with that.
As long we get our event rolling, we can carry such people along …
It has always been this way, and I guess will have to continue for times to come ahead.
In retrospect, I won’t say that the entire sponsor hunting endeavour has been a waste.
I have learnt how to deal with people, and I now know, whom I can trust with some responsibility and what are the chances of it getting done.
My problem has been that I trust people way too much. I learnt it the hard way this time.
I may not have turned into a cold calculating machine – yet … but I think I am getting there.
And I know it is for the best.
It takes all kinds of people to make the world …