Back in June, Dunk’s anti-depressants were going haywire and his attempts to rescue his site from a big decline were getting more and more desperate. We spoke about it in an article, “Koptalk owner in using false name claims”.
I’d recommend reading that entry, to see a lot about how Oldham lies to get out of things. He says all kinds of stuff in his rant, including another claim that he regularly chats to Rick Parry. Rick Parry has never spoken to Duncan Oldham. That was another Oldham lie.
Possibly the funniest lie in what was one of his funniest rants, was clearly told in some kind of attempt to avoid being caught by “the Feds” (as he calls anyone in authority) –
“On the web I deliberately created a persona to attract publicity in the early days. This character would be in your face, a bit cheeky and controversial etc. Yet offline I’m dead quiet and I prefer to keep myself to myself. In fact not many people don’t know that my real name isn’t actually the one I use on the internet. Full info in me book when the time’s right… read on.”
Yes – he really did say that – “In fact not many people don’t know that my real name isn’t actually the one I use on the internet.” (Actually reading that again he’s got a lot of negatives in there. But we know what he meant.)
The thing about Oldham is that you can usually tell when he’s bullshitting. He trips himself up, he emphasises some trivial bits far too much – it’s just obvious. The more you read it the more you can tell. Sometimes though you can’t really prove it as such. The claims he spent a weekend in Cardiff for the Community Shield getting seriously drunk thanks to loads of “Koptalkers” buying him beer was clearly a lie. The lack of ONE single Koptalker confirming on his forums that they’d bumped into him adds more weight to it, as does his claim that he was drinking something you can’t get in Cardiff. There’s always someone who’ll defend that and find an excuse for him. Nobody can defend his name lie though. Not his real name? It is – and we’ve got all the proof we need now thanks to this email I got earlier today –
I’ve read your blog a few times now and i have to say it makes very interesting reading. I nearly joined up at KT but i decided against it after reading the blog! The reason i’m e-mailing is because of your last blog post. You said “Maybe one of you family history experts will be able to go to the records office in Liverpool”, well it turns out you can check Births, Marriages and Deaths online. I’ve attached 2 cropped screenshots to show that Duncan Oldham married Maria C Hartley in July 1999. I found the info on Ancestry.com. I’m a bit tight for time now so i’ll keep it short.
Hope thats the info/proof you were after,
P.S Keep up the great blog!
Thanks very much for the email (and thanks to everyone else who’s emailed me recently – I’ll try and reply soon I promise!)
Anyway, there’s the evidence, but why lie about your name in the way Dunk did? There’s no problem with people using pen-names for writing, stage-names for acting. As long as it’s not for the sake of conning people where’s the harm? In fact it’s legal to call yourself anything you want in this country, as long as you get a bit of paper from (for example) a solicitor and you don’t change it just to try and do something dodgy. Oldham hasn’t changed his name though, he’s just tried to pretend he had already. Why? Clearly to hide something.
- Next up in the challenge to readers to get proof of the bullshit is to consider getting in touch with this Manchester-based web-hosting company. Dunk’s 36-hour outage when he was trying to move his tumbleweed-infested forums from 1and1 to his new hosts was no surprise. If he’d really been paying in the region of £10,000 per year he’d have been helped to make the transition as smoothly as possible. He had to take the forum down with both hosts. Would you have been happy to spend £900 per month on a service, one that has you tied to a 12-month contract, only to find that you had no help with installing a simple piece of forum software? So, why not get in touch with Dunk’s new hosts? Especially if you’re thinking of moving a website of your own to a dedicated server. Ask for a quote, saying that you only want to host a forum on the dedicated server. See how much it will cost. And ask what they’ll do to help you make a transition from your previous hosts. His new hosts are UKFast.net. Their website is at http://www.ukfast.net. I wonder how they feel to be associated with the money-robbing Koptalk.com?