I recently got trolled. Some guy in Costa Rica wrote me two letters: one posing as a father of furries in America who needed some help and the other posing as an Orthodox Christian Serbian who hates furries. He later wrote and said I had been fooled and that I was basically a fraud and a lousy writer.
I try very very very very hard to help people on my website and I do it for no pay, taking time out of my busy schedule to do this. To give my heart to people, to reveal to them my innermost personal life and try to share the love of being furry and then to be emotionally manipulated like this doesn't make me angry. It makes me feel like I shouldn't even bother.
I've blocked this guy's emails, but there's no guarantee he won't disguise himself again and try to waste my time.
Therefore, the letter form on my site has new fields. One requires your real address and the other a phone number. These will not be posted on the site or shared with advertisers, but I WILL be calling people and checking this information to verify you are who you say you are.
I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Sadly, we live in a world where some people get their jollies out of wasting people's time and trying to make them look like fools.
I appreciate your cooperation. I had to to this or risk the site becoming a useless den for trolls and shutting it down.
As it is, this guy's prank is going to make the process much slower and will probably result in some people who could use my help to not write to me. For this, I am very sorry.
I am also taking a hiatus. Writing "Ask Papabear" for three years has proven emotionally exhausting for me. I've written before how helping people gives my life purpose. Now it seems that my life's purpose is just garbage to some people.
I am going to focus on the Furry Book for a while. I don't honestly know when I will be back. The letters I have in the queue will be answered privately and not posted here.
A Very Sad Papabear
Quoting the email I got from him this morning:
You still think that you can talk behind my back and escape with no casualties?
What is it?Isn't this a surprise!Ohhhh...That is right!Ahahaha...It was me all along.Kevin.
Both "Russell" and "Garry" are MADE UP.Serbia?I just randomly picked it.
Ahhhhh....Gross....I had to act that "Perfect family guy"...You fell for it.
Face it,the masquerade is over,and you gave me proof that you are just a coward who does not even have courage to face that "Idiot".
You may deny it,you will for sure.But,you even taught me something.You are ignorant...
You trusted Garry just because his wife and daughter is a furry.
And the other thing,you won't trust Russell because he is against the fandom.
So,after all,am I an idiot.You bet I am!But,you are too,Kevin.
I am A hacker.You don't need to trust me.Both this accounts are stolen.
I live in Costa Rica actually.
Quite a shock Isn't it?I needed both accounts.One to milk out answers from you,and the other to frustrate you.Thanks for blindly believing me,Kevin.Ohhhh....Your face expression is priceless!I can only imagine the dread in your eyes!
But not everything is black and white here.You learned something today.Humans are assholes aren't they?
No,that is not it.Look,who am I?Just a random ass from the internet who does not have anything better to do in life but to hack and troll.You are somebody,you help people.Seriously.Great job!Continue doing that.Don't let this heap of shit make you think otherwise.No matter what others say,just keep doing it.
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