Well here we are on volume #3. Time flies but these reveals are always fun. I don’t go looking for them. They always just reveal themselves by acting stupid to draw attention to themselves. Volume #1 and volume #2 proved that to be the case. This edition is pretty straight forward but is noteworthy because it involves a senior moderator on Model Mayhem, a popular modeling networking site.
Here’s the setup, last night I saw this cryptic thread [cache] by a dog profile named Jake D. Trute that had been a member since June 2005. It was barely legible so I pretty much ignored it. Shortly after, it was followed by this thread complaining about bullies with no substance [cache]. Isis is a moderator and locked the thread citing no substance. Another thread [cache p1] [cache p2] was started with the same lack of substance. You can see the original opening post in my quote. It simply read “Redo. Your thoughts”. Of course, hilarity ensues and soon Isis locked the thread again only to have it mysterious be unlocked. Only moderators and site admins have permissions to unlock a thread. So the question at the time was who was unlocking the thread. Theda is a veteran member and a former mod and based on her post here, I now realize it was a hint. The clincher is Jack’s post here calling a member a talentless fuck. Not a big deal as Model Mayhem threads go. This will usually go unnoticed or result in a probation of a couple of days for that member. The problem is that this Jack is a fake puppet profile. It’s a dog and by that time, it was apparent to me it was a moderator account or an account getting help from a moderator. So the big question is, who is the moderator? The thread was finally locked again by Isis at 4:20 am, unlocked again, and finally locked again two minutes later. Model Mayhem does not log who unlocks threads so Isis had no idea who did it. All she knew was that her moderator decisions were being directly challenged by a dog profile controlled by an unknown person with moderator permissions.
Fast forward to the next morning and the shit hit the fan. Chris starts a thread [cache p1 p2 p3 p4 p5 p6 p7 p8] questioning what happened. By page 3, I had figured out that another member named Marksora was the real member behind Jack D. Trute, the dog profile that had taken a crap on another member. There are striking similarities between Marksora’s profile and Jack’s profile. They both use randomly paste watermarks, both use composites in photos, both profiles link to some kind of human rights site, and both are listed as in New York. Jack also made reference to Vietnam in his thread and there is a picture from Vietnam in Marksora’s portfolio. A search of threads reveal they often participate in the same threads with a similar style of typing. It often includes double spaces after commas and periods and questions are followed by a new line rather than continuing with the paragraph. So now it’s obvious those two profiles are controlled by the same person.
But the more serious question remains. Who unlocked the thread? Marksora does not have moderator permissions so he either got a moderator to unlock it at 4 am or he somehow had access to a moderator account. Now here is where it gets interesting. Looking through Marksora’s pictures, he used Mark Hana as his stylist for many shoots. Mark Hana is a senior moderator on Model Mayhem. He has been there since the early days of Model Mayhem in 2005. Now look at the profile text for Mark Hana. Note the double spaces after commas and periods, note the misspelling of Manhattan as Manhatten in both profiles, note the credit section where Mark Hana list as “I have a Berdorf Goodman credit card”. Now note Marksora’s credit section where he list his credits as “I have a Bendels credit card, enough said.” There are numerous other similarities if you look at their forum post. Feel free to note any you see in the comment section.