About a week ago, we ran a lengthy article about SimRacingDesign.com and some of their interesting extra-curricular antics that have little to do with modding NASCAR Racing 2003 Season. The post merely scratched the surface of what’s become a serious problem in the remnants of the NASCAR 2003 community, and is so batshit insane that it becomes increasingly obvious as to why the game is on its last legs. Supported only by boomers with a diminishing social life, and teens with computers that can’t handle modern video games, the community surrounding NASCAR 2003 is essentially one giant melting pot of various spectrum disorders – and a few talented people who have chosen to slowly distance themselves away from it all.
To summarize the 2500+ word post, one guy with graphic design experience made high resolution painting templates better than what an entire dedicated mod team could produce. The mod team’s response was to dox the guy, dox some girl he hung out with, figure out his daily routine, file fraudulent DMCA complaints on anything he released for NASCAR 2003 in order to abuse the “remove first, ask questions later” policies of most web hosting companies, threaten various lawsuits, write songs about him, and maintain a 43-page thread dedicated to accusing the dude of being schizophrenic, all while claiming that they were the good guys and everyone was out to destroy SimRacingDesign.com. This isn’t exactly taking things out of context, they even made this nice little graphic for us.
My first introduction to this drama was in the Spring of 2014. As I’ve said in the original article, I’d compiled my extensive collection of NASCAR 2003 mod backups and uploaded them as a gift to the community. Instead of being thanked for uploading mods and carsets that hadn’t seen the light of day in years, I was accused of being someone named Todd from Portland and told I was ruining the community with my schizophrenic behavior. After opening up my wallet and consulting both my Driver’s License and MasterCard, I was able to confirm that I was indeed not somebody named Todd, and did not reside in Portland.
Today’s Reader Submission comes from the victim of all this garbage, a guy who’d prefer to go by the name of not toad but Todd. Despite all of this ridiculous drama, the remaining members of the NASCAR 2003 community not influenced by SimRacingDesign have allowed Todd to take over as a moderator of the NASCAR Racing 2003 Subreddit.
James, wondering your thoughts on this. I essentially posted the entire situation in the Reddit sticky.
Minutes after doing that, I received the following private message from Danny Coral, the guy who initially sent the fraudulent DMCA in order to dox my information back in 2013 (at the time he messed up and came away with someone else’s info). He’s now somehow doxxed me to learn my actual name. He’s trying to threaten me over a DUI from 1998 – which I was never even convicted of because it was a case of mistaken identity and dropped. I have no criminal record whatsoever or even been convicted of anything beyond a speeding ticket (my last ticket even was 12 years ago).
Here’s his PM with my name taken out:
Those dudes totally obsessed with me over NASCAR 2003 and it’s fucking creepy. At this point I’m leaning towards a face to face with a rep at my local FBI office (which is minutes away). If that gets nowhere, I would guess a cease and desist?
What it amounts to is that they are fearful of the multi-year stalking campaign targeting me and others being exposed to a broader audience. They want it to remain strictly contained within the nr2003 community (preferably the SRD message board) where they can participate in 86-page threads in a controlled environment revolved around photoshopping both me and my friends personal pictures in addition to the cyber-stalking and the rest of the lunacy.
I never disclose my actual name online, so how he became privy to that I have no idea.
I just renewed my site for a year using my credit card (perhaps that way), or perhaps some other means, like stalking friends of mine through Facebook. I’m not sure what the point of that PM even is, I’ll be 38 in October, he’s doxing up a DUI from 1998 on me, of which I wasn’t even convicted (I wasn’t even arrested behind the wheel of a car for the alleged DUI), and that’s public record too.
Furthermore, I was under 21 at the time. The other instances are minor domestic violence charges that were also dropped because a girl I was seeing liked to dial 911. Like I said, I have never been convicted of a felony charge in my life and none of that stuff is even on my record outside of an online mugshot search. I’m not sure what he’s even threatening me with, yet more cyber-stalking threads/sites and picture photoshopping?
Notice too the ridiculous inflated ego over NASCAR 2003 modding, signing off on that PM with ‘Bodacious-Bull’. Here is a 44 year old guy obsessively stalking me for years on end already, in addition to filing numerous fraudulent DMCA complaints to kickstart all that, and then informing me of how much of a social life he supposedly has. I’m including another screen shot from the 86 page ‘musings of a madman’ thread also posted by this guy. This was the same week that he filed the DMCA against my site in order to dox me for personal information, boasting about comparing pictures of ‘life achievements’ and other nonsense:
Couple things to address here, and given that this is a public response, I unfortunately have to dance around some things. We’ll give it a shot, anyways. Hopefully others can chime in with their advice, since a lot of people seem to hang around here.
First, it’s clear to readers of PRC judging by the comments on the last article, from a diverse group of individuals all from many different backgrounds and ideologies, that you haven’t done anything wrong and this is pretty batshit insane. As I said in the opener, you literally made some nice ass car templates and SRD’s response was not to create an even better template, but to chase you around the internet and accuse you of being schizophrenic while writing songs about you. And then file bullshit DMCA complaints so all your shit would get taken down. One of the main reasons I air this drama here is because it allows the unbiased third party to see it for what it is – insanity, and that’ll help in the long run. As Mr. C has taught me, if one person says you’re drunk, you’re probably not drunk, but if ten people say you’re drunk, it’s probably time to leave the bar. Ditto for this mess. More people calling out the insanity than SRD has active members, and shit will change.
Second, online harassment is an interesting legal gray area. I’m not defending SRD, but actually getting something done about online harassment is next to impossible. As Tyler the Creator wrote:
This doesn’t change as you get older, and the gang at SRD can unfortunately weasel their way out of some shit if this were to be pursued legally. Is all your information easily obtainable online? Well there’s your first problem, because lawyers will ask why you allow that to happen. Is the information about the mistaken identity DUI available online? Well then they’re not really spreading misinformation then, as libel is only an issue if what a person claims is demonstrably false. Are the domestic violence incidents on record? Well regardless of what actually happened (I believe you, 92% of women lie, hence why all Cell Phones have a “sound recording” app), what they could spread isn’t really libel since the info is readily out there and anybody can check it out if they’re bored. Even if you look at extreme harassment cases like Jessica
Slaughter Leonhardt and Rehtaeh Parsons, online harassment is basically ignored.
That doesn’t mean you don’t have a case because everyone and their dog can see how weird this shit is, but..
Third, good luck explaining the in’s and out’s of an obscure video game modding community to people who usually sort out issues with psychotic ex-girlfriends/ex-boyfriends showing up at 3am on their partners doorstep, or sending lengthy obsessive messages long after the relationship has ended. I mean, when it comes to stalking/harassment laws, that’s the kind of people those laws are intended for so it’ll be tough to get anywhere just with “hey these guys from this old NASCAR game are like, making photoshopped pictures of me, posting where I live, and getting my website taken offline.” The internet is basically the new Wild West and there’s all sorts of crazy shit that happens, just spend a few minutes on 4Chan to see what I mean.
And even if you jump through all hoops necessary to pursue this legally, SRD can all hide behind the glorious excuse of “there’s no way to prove I was the one who posted all of that weird stalkerish garbage.” In Canada, this is your get out of jail free card. Even pedophiles literally walk free up here because of “nope you can’t prove I was the one who uploaded all that child porn even though it was on my computer in my house lololol get #rekt n00bs.” If you’re lucky like myself, an RCMP officer will explain how technology evolves too quickly for laws to keep up, and they’ll at least see things on the same level you do and get in contact with your fan club to let them know that what they’re doing isn’t cool.
The best way to get all this to stop is to basically just embarrass these guys. Talk about the issue, share the screencaps, put it all out in the open as we’re doing now. Eventually one of their own will clue in that this is all weird as fuck, and they can’t kick everybody out of their little group otherwise it would definitely look suspicious as hell that they’re being creeps and maybe Todd wasn’t the bad guy they all said he was.