“His current effort is aimed, in part, on fixing his own personal reputation in Google results, where a very snarky and very critical article on him is the number one search result for his name. So don’t link to him…if you need to refer to him refer to the RationalWiki article.” Tim Farley to Susan Gerbic on Facebook, December 2013
“You idiots don’t seem to realise that I made the Viharo and Jon Donnis pages here, then set up a whole load of other people and turned them against each other, as well as at Rationalwiki. I also added Viharo;s page at Rationalwiki.” RationalWiki editor “Kroms”
Back in 2013, RationalWiki editors constructed a “hit piece” on me, attempting to further damage my reputation in a consensus building process on Wikipedia in a heated “wiki war” I was involved in.
Specifically, on Wikipedia, I was investigating claims made that Wikipedia editors were engaging in “editor suppression”, i.e. harassment on Wikipedia to discourage groups of editors from writing Wikipedia articles.
A number of these same editors that were exposed back then created a RationalWiki “snark” article on me as payback, as well as to diffuse some of the criticism they were facing.
I’m the CEO and founder of a tech company. My company is completely un involved and unrelated to any and all topics of RationalWiki’s interest. My entire professional life has been in media and technology, especially as a creator or developer. Additionally, I am a pro science and progressive individual, I actually share some of the views published on RationalWiki. I have a very responsible life and have to report to investors and potential clients often. I manage teams. I have to pitch new ideas. I have a life where it is important people take me seriously.
When the lead search return for my name states I am a famous internet troll web crank, RationalWiki has a hard time relating to why that is problematic in my professional life and doesn’t understand why I don’t think it relates to me or who I am at all. I’ve worked hard for my professional reputation – it is natural that I would be defensive when “malicious trolls” target me on the internet.
I’ve asked them to kindly remove the article, as it was simply designed to embarrass someone on the internet.
They’ve declined my request, often claiming they have the right to “criticize me”, and they are simply “documenting” my shenanigans.
The problem with that is simply that the RationalWiki article on me is neither a criticism nor a documentation of my activities, it is an intentional misrepresentation of who I am, as other genuine “skeptics” have noted.
Despite good faith attempts to engage with RationalWiki editors about its misleading nature, and despite a consensus amongst their own members to delete it (9 – 6), the article about me remains, primarily because – as they put it in their own words, it “pisses Viharo off so much.”
My narrative history begins on RationalWiki: October of 2013
Oct 2013: I found myself targeted in an editor suppression campaign on Wikipedia.
Previous to this, there is no mention of me on RationalWiki, as well as there should not be.
That very week editors involved with Rupert Sheldrake’s article on Wikipedia got me sanctioned via a nasty “social propaganda” campaign designed to suppress editors away from an article, they simultaneously created a section about me on RationalWiki’s Rupert Sheldrake article as payback, specifically listing me as an editor on his Wikipedia article. It should be noted that the creation of my RationalWiki article was an editing account “David1234”, which has been identified as being part of the Oliver Smith family and household. Oliver Smith and his brothers have a gruesome internet history stalking, abusing, impersonating, and targeting individuals online.
This individual specifically engages in over the top clandestine digital operations likely fueled by a mental imbalance. His campaigns against me have extended into realms that have even forced me to contact the FBI and report him to the authorities.
At the time, this individual went to RationalWiki and, like he does throughout this entire three-year study, attempt to build personal armies against those he has grudges against by planting misinformation through a series of bizarre online impersonations of others across multiple wikis and forums.
I show how this individual has manipulated other communities elsewhere, but here we find this individual even bragging about how he successfully turned RationalWiki into his personal army and manipulating them with misinformation about me designed to provoke them to target me in response.
You idiots don’t seem to realise that I made the Viharo and Jon Donnis pages here, then set up a whole load of other people and turned them against each other, as well as at Rationalwiki. I also added Viharo;s page at Rationalwiki. – user “Kroms” posting on “Encyclopedia Dramatica”
This individual has also claimed to have a mental illness, and once someone gets a glimpse into his online digital campaigns, it is pretty obvious this individual is mentally imbalanced. Under various sock puppets, this one individual has continually contributed to the article written about me on RationalWiki.
All of this individual’s edits are allowed to stand on RationalWiki.
What’s more, the primary individual who is responsible for email threats, impersonations, stalking, and even blackmailing me was the actual RationalWiki editor (Krom) who wrote in my article that “Viharo has a persecution complex where even if his real name is mentioned — he claims he is being “harassed”. He has gone as far as fabricating a claim he has been harassed offline, or on his phone — which there is no evidence for.“
The citations used to establish the above? Check them yourself, they are actually citing RationalWiki as evidence of what they publish on RationalWiki.
Consider; RationalWiki’s mission statement is to expose quackery in medicine, and their own editors who have mental imbalances are given free passes to publish their own psychological diagnostics on individuals they target.
November 2013 – RationalWiki editors begin stalking me on the internet for sources for the article.
Desperately needing to morph the “mission” of RationalWiki with the “excuse” of having an article on me, editors I encountered originally on Wikipedia scoured the web for any resources they could use to justify the creation of an attack article that also supported their efforts on Wikipedia to sanction me.
“David1234” compiled most of this history, apparently having a “dossier” on me that even claimed to know my personal or anonymous Reddit accounts. I felt stalked online by this individual.
In November of 2013, RationalWiki’s first narrative on me stated the following.
What’s more interesting than the references they use is the sources they omit entirely.
For example, my own personal blog which actually does show what I promote and what my worldview is never once cited or referenced.
The sources they do use as references to support those very same claims about me are simply citing their own statements made by me, by them, on Wikipedia.
For example, the article is quick to say I was known for sock puppeteering Wikipedia in November of 2013, a tactic these same editors used on Wikipedia to suppress my participation, but failed since I was cleared of sock puppeting by the Wikipedia admins.
Of course, there is no evidence of me being an ‘internet troll’ other than by these very same Wikipedia and RationalWiki editors.
There are no references to me being a ‘conspiracy theorist’ or even what conspiracy theories I promote.
Evolution: Narrative as of December 2013
Rome Viharo is a California social media strategist known for trolling the internet to support pseudoscience, spread conspiracy theories, and promote unfathomable gibberish about something he calls OS 0 1 2.
Now they are adding things from my creative past (former music producer, digital filmmaker, and viral media producer)and mashing it out of context, taking a viral media creative project from 2003 in an awkward attempt to further frame me as a ‘crank’ and ‘woo supporter’ in addition to finding images on the internet from a movie I was an extra in when I was in my early 20’s, listing me as a ‘failed actor’, of course.
Any media on the internet they could find to create a suspicious narrative they did.
This is called “flag waving”.
When someone is flag waved in a wiki war, you won’t ever find what you would expect. None of the citations RationalWiki publishes on me support the narrative the article is publishing.
However, by January of 2014, I began to publish Wikipedia We Have a Problem and I confronted them on this behavior.
Apparently, this became clear to RationalWiki’s own community and there was a request to delete their article with the editor saying “this just looks like a poorly assembled hit piece on an individual”.
And for a brief moment of sanity on RationalWiki, my article was deleted, only to return a few days later.
This time, however, the editors on Rational Wiki, including Leuders/Lucky Louie, decided that they would ‘clean up’ the article but still wanted the article to be able to discredit me while linking me with as many links out of context as they could find.
So next my narrative evolved. Specifically, it continues on discrediting any thing I have to say about Wikipedia and attempts to discredit me as some internet loon crack pot, a campaign to damage my reputation so as to protect their own from fall out of Wikipedia, We Have a Problem.
Narrative as of February 2014
Rome Viharo is a social media strategist known for his support for the pseudoscientific ideas of Rupert Sheldrake and belief in conspiracy theories regarding the activities of skeptics on Wikipedia. He also promotes a bizarre mishmash of ideas he calls OS/AL 0 1 2.
They evolved the lead to still include listing me as a ‘supporter of Rupert Sheldrake’ so as to keep in step with their “mission”.
They specified that I am only a conspiracy theorist because I noted, responsibly, that those involved with this issue of harassment on Wikipedia and Rational Wiki are indeed individuals who self-describe themselves as “skeptics.”
Ignoring huge swaths of my professional life, the lead mentions ‘OS 012’, not as a creative project that had a fully disclosed tongue in cheek nature that ended in 2007, no longer on the internet, but some agenda I am ‘advancing’.
RationalWiki editors do not appear to have much of a creative background. The majority of my life has been pursuing a wildly creative background, and as a designer artist, it was pretty apparent to me that RationalWiki was trying to paint me in a box simply because they could not make sense of someone who did not fit into their black and white world.
Anything about me on the internet to justify why they think I’m a ‘crank’ and a ‘woo’ they do because they are forced to make this article about me fit the RationalWiki “mission.”
By February of 2014, Wikipedia We Have A Problem began to go viral, and I was contacted by a host of individuals and organizations asking for my advice on their Wikipedia problem.
I decided to take a year off my normal work and focus on this issue, which to be honest I found utterly fascinating.
Enter Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra is also a target of RationalWiki, and numerous skeptic organizations. That makes me fair game, in the eyes of RationalWiki. And I don’t mind being criticized for work I’ve actually done, it’s just that RationalWiki is misrepresenting the work I did with Deepak Chopra into something that it is not.
One of those people who contacted me was Deepak Chopra, who gave me a small grant to continue my research into wiki wars on Wikipedia, using Deepak Chopra’s Wikipedia article as my next study into consensus building. Immediately, his wiki war became my second keen part of my study into editor suppression.
To RationalWiki, this is akin to me promoting “woo”, someone who makes a quick buck from selling pseudoscience.
This is a juvenile view of the world. Deepak Chopra is a mainstream celebrity who runs a media empire, my skill set is in media and technology. Deepak worked with me because of my skill set, and I have not played in role in marketing or promoting Deepak Chopra.
I created the architecture for ISHAR, or Integrative Studies Historical Archive and Repository and engineered a crowd funding campaign for the platform.
I believe in the necessity for ISHAR, a reliable online resource for trusted and credible information on certain topics. The architecture for ISHAR was just apart of the aiki wiki platform suite and is hardly controversial.
I’m proud of the work that I’ve done, there is nothing ideological about the work I was tasked to do, but having it distorted, and then weaponized against me to paint a picture of me as an “internet crank who promotes pseudoscience” is how RationalWiki choose to treat me.
Narrative as of December 2014
Rome Viharo is a social media strategist and Internet troll known for his support for the pseudoscientific ideas of Rupert Sheldrake and belief in conspiracy theories regarding the activities of skeptics on Wikipedia. He has worked as the director of operations for Deepak Chopra‘s Integrative Studies Historical Archive and Repository (ISHAR). He also advances a bizarre mishmash of philosophical ideas he calls OS/AL 0 1 2, the promotion of which has at times been indistinguishable from internet trolling.
In spite of the criticism they have received, unbelievably RationalWiki continues to deny this harassment is happening.
Narrative as of November 2015
Rome Viharo is a Wikipedia sockpuppeteer, banned for defending the pseudo-scientific ideas of Rupert Sheldrake and trolling Sheldrake’s talkpage with multiple accounts. Viharo has described himself as an “eccentric” who argues for a conspiracy theory about organized skeptic activity on Wikipedia. He is also known for creating Deepak Chopra‘s Integrative Studies Historical Archive and Repository (ISHAR), and for advancing “OS/AL 012” and “Aiki Wiki”. Viharo is in his 40’s and works as a social media strategist, and more recently the CEO of startup Audience Unlock.
The framing Wikipedia, We Have a Problem as a bunch of ‘conspiracy theories’ is of interesting note, especially when they then boldly declare that ‘no such conspiracy of skeptics appears to exist‘ yet offer the reader no rebuttal to the dozens of instances of suppression and harassment listed throughout this website.
This highlights the true purpose of RationalWiki’s article, to discredit this website and protect the small collection of Wikipedia editors who have been featured in this study into editor suppression.
Narrative as of June 2017
Rome Viharo is a pseudoscience promoter and internet troll who operates under aliases Bubblefish, PillyM, WWHP, Tumbleman,23canaries, and hoofish. He is also the “creator” of OS 012/AL 012/Aiki Wiki, a poorly defined concept for which Viharo spends more time “virally marketing” than actually developing.
This year, I published an article critical of Wikipedia, detailing how RationalWiki trustee David Gerard, a cryptocurrency antagonist, is writing and guarding articles related to the blockchain.
The article also criticized RationalWiki, primarily for attacking individual’s reputations, especially in response to valid, non toxic criticism.
In response, RationalWiki trustee “Fuzzy Cat Potato” decided to re – edit my article.
As we can see, my narrative is still being twisted to fit their mission, while painfully torturous logic and misrepresentation is attempting to be used to establish me as an unreliable suspect on the internet.
They list 6 different username accounts I have had on different forums over a period of 15 years, and list common user names used on such forums as “aliases”. Why use the word “alias” for what are simple user name accounts on different forums? Especially when in the following paragraph they claim again this website is a “conspiracy theory”, while doxing fifteen years of my user name accounts on different forums, and then ironically offer that as to proof they are not targeting me.
Crossing the line into direct slander, the article on Rational Wiki about me now ends with:
Viharo now dedicates a lot of his time stalking the Wikipedia editors (including admins) involved in banning his sockpuppets. A section on his website “Editors and Admins Involved” lists 10 editors, who find their internet activities recorded.
Skeptic activists cannot handle confrontation or criticism. When confronted with it, they take desperate measures, like any group with an agenda, to damage control perceptions of their activities.
When all of this started in December of 2013, it was originally Tim Farley who let the cat out of the box, admitting to RationalWiki’s strategy.
Confronting Susan Gerbic on Facebook, Tim Farley said “His current effort is aimed, in part, on fixing his own personal reputation in Google results, where a very snarky and very critical article on him is the number one search result for his name.”
RationalWiki has a hard time understanding why professionals like myself find it upsetting and disruptive when a hit piece, designed to harm someone’s reputation, hits #1 on Google, and impacts their professional life.