The most active article here on PretendRaceCars.net is not an article slamming Project CARS and the endless list of bugs popping up in Slightly Mad Studios’ newest racing sim, but an article centered around NASCAR Racing 2003 Season Mod Site SimRacingDesign, and their constant harassment campaign towards template guru Todd Weaver, who runs a small private site that rarely releases anything publicly.
I’ve ran two articles on this subject previously (HERE and HERE) to shed light on this bizarre soap opera unfolding in the community forums of a game old enough to be in middle school (only a few years until it discovers My Chemical Romance and experiments with self-harm). To summarize the entire story in an easy-to-understand format, SimRacingDesign members file fraudulent DMCA complaints on rival mod teams and websites in an effort to get competitors shut down and become the sole home for NR2003 mods and discussion. The one guy to try and stand up to these clowns has found himself on the receiving end of online stalking, which has now been occurring regularly since 2011.
As one of three site admins on PRC.net, I have the privilege of being notified when SRD community members habitually comment on the articles regarding the situation, and as you can see below, it gets pretty ridiculous:
At no point have they ever tried to back up any of their outlandish claims. This is actually really important, because it’s perfectly legal and acceptable to make defamatory statements about someone on the internet if the stories you tell about them can be backed up with proof. Been there, done that.
Yet, instead of using their abundance of free time to back up everything hateful they write about a rival NR2003 modder, one of members partaking in this harassment campaign has even written a song about the whole ordeal, clearly demonstrating this has escalated into criminal harassment territory, and the rantings about this Todd Weaver guy aren’t valid at all.
Reaction to the stories have thankfully been in Todd’s favor, with some NR2003 community members being so distraught they’ve actually contemplated calling the police over the whole thing. The majority of people who have taken the time to read through the strange narrative are left bewildered at the sheer level of autism needed for several high-ranking site members to spread fictitious stories about a rival NR2003 painter for years on end.
While Todd has discovered that the majority of SRD members behind this harassment campaign are over the age of 45, most being semi-retired with substance abuse issues and/or other problems that lead to the erratic behavior you see above, the most blatant example of hypocrisy within this stalking ring actually comes from 22-year-old Kevin Talley, going under the username kirbyfighter12. His first noteworthy appearance was in the 86-page thread dedicated to stalking Todd, a thread now trimmed to just 43 pages. Some of the posts can no longer be seen as moderators unwilling to participate in the continued harassment of Todd have deleted a large, incriminating portion of the thread.
It’s embarrassing to see someone so young caught up in something like this.
Originally, Kevin Talley was upset last year over a NASCAR Racing 2003 Season site I’d created designed to provide alternate mirrors to all relevant NR2003 mods and historic carsets – an encyclopedia of sorts that would help new players find massive amounts of third party mods to download quickly. Talley went through great lengths in the thread above to claim that simply downloading a freeware mod for a game and uploading it on another site is theft, and other members within the SRD echo chamber backed him up by saying they wanted to look into pressing charges.
They never did. Downloading a free mod for a decade-old NASCAR game and uploading it somewhere else is not theft. If anything, it’s mirroring – something you’ll often see done by random community members when new rFactor or Assetto Corsa mods are released in an effort to improve download speeds for the end user.
Unfortunately, when he’d found out myself and Todd had gotten in contact, primarily to share the story of SRD’s wild stalking ring among the sim racing community, Talley went after Todd like the rest of the SRD members involved, claiming Todd had somehow wronged everybody, but with no explanation as to what the guy had actually done.
Again, as I have admin controls, I’ve been able to trace the IP address of several PRC.net comments by a user named Concerned Journalist, revealed to be Kevin Talley of New York pretending to be someone of a higher journalistic integrity slamming PRC.net for how I’ve covered the SimRacingDesign shenanigans.
This kid isn’t a journalist, he’s a brony.
This 22 year old kid, who is totally convinced downloading and re-uploading mods for an ancient racing sim is legitimate theft, has slammed PRC.net under a false name for daring to expose the darker side of SimRacingDesign, and helped partake in an online stalking ring against a rival modder due to jealousy over his superior painting templates, was caught stealing $43,000 worth of electronics from Wal-Mart during his period of employment. He faces up to seven years in jail if he violates probation.
Funny how a kid caught stealing $43,000 worth of electronics from Wal-Mart attempts to claim others are just as bad as him for allegedly stealing freeware mods and portions of car templates for an outdated oval racing sim in an effort to make himself feel better.