Right ladies and gents, my turn.... A couple of months ago I came across Arrse whilst trying to source a Grenadier's bearskin. It seemed a good idea to put my request under 'Classifieds' and see if any of you out there had one tucked away in the loft or rotting away in the garden shed. As you do, for the next few days I monitored the site to see if I had struck gold and as the days went by I was slowly drawn into posting. I posted on all sorts of subjects, but mainly current affairs because my time in uniform ended ten years ago and I was out of the loop on the army of today. I enjoyed the atmosphere of the site, the profanity and especially the humour. All well and good so far..... Gradually however, I started to pick up the odd comment, the odd reply that didn't quite fit. As a new boy I was aware that there was a witch hunt for this BB character, but I didn't know the details and I certainly wasn't sad enough to trawl through two years of posts to find out. Recently however it became apparent that my posts were being pretty well ignored and the comments becoming more obvious. Yesterday, bless him, Dui-Lai had the bottle to openly challenge me, bringing the whole thing to a head. (He also had the good grace to PM an apology shortly afterwards). To clear things up I PM'ed PTP and have spent two days jumping through hoops to prove who I am. I am Joe Normal, a genuine and legitimate member of this site. I have posted over 100 times in good faith and have tried to contribute in my own small way to Arrse. This is the point...The thing that REALLY p1sses me off is that for a lot of that time there has been a whispering campaign against me. Members have assumed that I was BB and have pretty well ignored my input. Had Dui-Lai not challenged me, I'd still be wasting my time. I understand that the mods have to be careful and security really is paramount. As people's lives are ultimately at stake I have absolutely no problem with that, especially given how devious the nutter has apparently been. Being mistaken for a mad middle-aged woman is a bit worrying though.... My suggestion, given here in good faith as someone who has been a victim of this, is that if you all suspect someone of being an imposter, for gawd's sake challenge them. If they are genuine they will be able to prove it to the mods. If they can't, all the better. Genuine posters deserve that much. The irony here of course is that the Mad One could have been hit by a bus six months ago and be six feet under, but she has left you all with a legacy of paranoia that is a cancer within Arrse. Oh yes, in retrospect, certain things suddenly make more sense. For example, Chickenpunk, I assume that it was me a couple of days ago that you referred to as "clogging up the threads, trying to prove I was a bloke"? Didn't stop you accepting my twenty quid sponsorship did it? Cnut. Rant over guys, I feel better now.