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Old 10-10-2004, 06:51 AM   #316
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As far as a "slapdown" occurring- no one really has the power to do that beside the site owner. Other people cannot come in here and make the site owner shut this down. I'm guessing legally it'd be pretty hard to prove who knew and who didn't, plus internet legalities are still in baby stages in the legal system since internet problems are fairly new.
The question of why hasn't someone shut it down has been raised by many as a reason to beLIEve. I don't think it is. First, as long as nothing libelous, untrue or damaging to the band is posted under the name of Edge, it isn't likely they'd act upon the largest U2 online community on the eve of a new album release and major tour. Other than the infamous "J" post, "The Edge" did not post anything of the sort. Second, I have seen from some sources that PM has asked this site to stop on 2 occasions. Third, the owner of another U2 site, atu2.com, has posted that his sources in the PM office first said they were going to print a disclaimer denying the autheticity of Edge on U2.com when it was finished, then decided not to because they 'didn't want the issue to recieve any more publicity than it already has.' That makes sense. As many people as we have here, the official site is probably visited overall by more, and there may be thousands of fans who don't know about this (though I hear it's now all over the world on various forums in several languages) and they don't want to fan any flames. They may be laughing it off, they may be more seriously trying to stop it, I don't know. But don't let the fact that they haven't issued a public statement make you believe our Edge is the real thing. One of atu2's news correspondants, Rashas Weber, posted on wire that he had confirmation from PM that no member of U2 was openly posting on any fan sites.

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All I know for sure is, if I declared at my site that The Edge was posting, I would damn well make sure it was the real Edge before I let myself and my visitors be duped.


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as a mod i have spent the last 3 years watching how everyone writes on here, and you know the quickest way to spot an alter is first through the writing style? it's like a fingerprint.
and you don't have to be a mod, any long time poster here who spends waaaay too much time on this site notices things like that too That is why I came to the conclusion I did in my theory. It is interesting that two of the most ardent 'believers' in this thread are girls who only just came here or became active in recent months. No offense girls but you simply have not seen, read and experienced the things most of us veterans have, and I think your hanging onto your faith in Edge is more wishful thinking and not wanting to let go of the dream than reality. Also, maybe you haven't been lied to, shit on, and betrayed as much in your personal lives as I have until you can smell a rat a mile away. Of course, the persons who perpetrated this stunt counted on the innocence and trust of most of the members, and that, more than anything else, is the saddest part. Some people are feeling hurt by that, and it's the toying of people's hopes, dreams and emotions that bothers me most about all this
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Old 10-10-2004, 06:59 AM   #317
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I can't believe I have just been reading 21 pages of nonsense. Let's call Sherlock Holmes to find out if The Edge is "The Edge". Instead of being grateful that a member of the biggest band in the world is taking the time to answer some of our questions we are discussing if he's really The Edge. What a joke. I hope the members of U2 are very busy with the rehearsels and have no time to read this nonsense because we all look extremely ridiculous. The moderators are doing a good job so let's get back to business.
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Could you please PM or email me privately about your suspicion and what evidence you have - not assumptions. There is NO ONE on this forum EVER that has used IPs matching those in question. I've gotta go to bed now. Night!

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Elvis, I don't think there is anything I can send you other than what I have already said. A lot of things don't make sense, look really suspicious, and yes, I do believe that a staff member is involved in this, aka, 'inside job.' Of course, I have no proof but I never will. NO ONE will EVER have proof but you, because you run the site, only you ultimately know certain things, and you also have the power to change certain things. Not openly accusing you of anything specific, but I would say either there was good reason to award the status of "officially the real thing" or it was a game all along. As others have said, ultimately it all comes down to you, because you hold all the cards on all of us.

Yes, I think "The Edge" writes a lot like Katey, and even uses her favorite smilie But even if Katey is not posting as The Edge, I still see her as being guilty in a major way here, because she has stated from the beginning that she had the contact with Edge, she was handling this, and yes, even that her credibility was on the line and that she was the one responsible for it. She made most of the posts concerning Edge being here, Ask the Edge, and she stated several times that Edge was real. So I can't see how she isn't responsible in some way.

IPs I'm not even considering in this. IPs really don't mean much to me for two reasons. One, WE can't see them, only you guys, and we would have to believe what you say, and there is no way for us to prove if the information is really accurate. Two, they can be bounced. My sister posts with alters on a political message board all the time. She is on dialup and gets a service number from a far away state, posts, then quickly pulls the phone plug before she can be pinged.She's never been busted yet. Unlike emails which contain return path headers, most message boards only give you a number which can usually only show you the service provider used and the location of the number (I don't know about this site) Also, some people post from other people's houses, internet cafes, and work. But back to Edge here.

Do I expect anyone to ever admit to this? No. Do I expect the real truth to ever be laid on the table? Not entirely. No matter what is said, it will be doubted and can never be proven. My prediction is that what several people have said, that this will be blamed on staff being tricked by someone will be used, or that it will just go away. If it were me, and I was in the situation the site was in, I would, as I said in one of my earlier posts, rewind the tape recorder of WUDM fame one more time to before this stuff started, when we all felt good and were excited over Vertigo, delete all The Edge stuff, reinstate AH and Salome, and go on from there. I know for a lot of members, that's not going to be good enough. Some are hurt, some are angry, many want answers. I understand their feelings completely. But me, I'd be just happy to move on. I'd rather have no response at all than a bullshit one. I don't want to leave this site, it rocks! Am I going to renew for premium membership next year, yes I am. Some have said, how could you stay if you feel that way? Well, I ask them, some of you hate Bush because you think he lied, but you haven't left America, have you? Why? Because all your stuff is here, and so are the people you love. Well that's how I feel about this site. Is Bush a liar? Yes. Do I trust him? Nope. Am I leaving America? Nope. Is Kerry a liar? Yes. Do I trust him? Nope. Am I moving out of the country if he's elected? Nope. Same can apply I'm sure to politicians in other countries too. What I'm trying to say is, yes, I think we have been tricked, and I want it to stop because people's minds and feelings are being messed with and that's very wrong. But I don't think this site wil fall because Edge is fake, (and I am certain that he is) or that most of us will leave, and I think posting that has made the people responsible less likely to come forward with the truth. So I'm saying no matter what, I still want to be here, but the games need to be stopped for everyone's sake and the honor and integrity of the site.

Okay, analogy time. I have, like most of the other members in this thread I'm sure, talked at length in private with many other members who are feeling the same things and asking the same questions. One very good interferencer I know said something that really has rung a bell with me. This person said that Elvis was like the Wizard of Oz. Ah, that works well in this case. Elvis is the man behind the curtain, and Edge, and maybe the entire site itself is the magnificient image projected onto the screen. So it looks right now as if Toto is tugging on the curtain, and Dorothy is saying 'you're a very bad man' but you know what? Maybe he's not a very bad man, but this time he wasn't quite good enough of a wizard But he still has a lot of good things left in his black bag for us, and even if this is exposed to be a facade like that firey talking head, we can still get treasures here, and maybe we've had that power all along. Interference is Elvis, and the staff and the mods, but it's all of us too. And it's too good to let loose of the sand bags and let fly away from us now.
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But even if Katey is not posting as The Edge, I still see her as being guilty in a major way here, because she has stated from the beginning that she had the contact with Edge, she was handling this, and yes, even that her credibility was on the line and that she was the one responsible for it. She made most of the posts concerning Edge being here, Ask the Edge, and she stated several times that Edge was real. So I can't see how she isn't responsible in some way.
I've always admitted this yes, and am fine with taking the heat for
MY part in this, I had hoped by doing that and being a bit transparent about my part I could take some of the fire off the team and let them get back to doing their job..Now if I was faking all this and this is my conspiracy why would I state all this out in the open for some time. Yes I had contact with the Edge, yes my credibility is on the line and if you know anything about PR that is a major thing in fact thats all you have in this profession really would I have risked that if I didnt believe in this team and what they were doing ..NOT A hope in hell. I put my neck out there because thats what I do now U2Kitten you cant state whatever you like and I can understand your questions and should you have a direct one to me I will answer. However I will say this singling out ANY one person of this team is unfair at this time.. I am sorry it concerns you that I am newer then you but how that is relevant, I suppose I just came along to make all this up right!!

Also If supposedly PM sent requests to us twice according to your source, I'd like to see them as far as I am aware none of the staff here recieved any such thing from Principle Management unless I am missing something.
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Im too tired too read all this stuff. I do have The Edges IP address though via the emails he sent me. I think U2Kitten just asked for that. It comes up as Champaign, Illinois on 4 of the addresses. Thats not new information though, the mods said that before. I think I only have 4 different email addresses. I will check again tomorrow, my inbox is full. Its late. Going to bed now.
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This thread has gotten even more ridiculous.


The dead horse is now a bloody pile of mush.

I'm going to prretend the thread is in another dimension.
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Old 10-10-2004, 07:59 AM   #322
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... However I will say this singling out ANY one person of this team is unfair at this time.. I am sorry it concerns you that I am newer then you but how that is relevant, I suppose I just came along to make all this up right!!

As Katey stated and I agree it is extremely UNFAIR!!! There are many things here that are unfair to many people on many levels including owner, mods, members and visitors; and perpetuating such a thing only makes it go around and around and never stopping. (and no this comment is not made to sublimally try to make anyone stop this thread- I am only making a statement.)

As part of a team I will not sit and watch a fellow team member be torn down. That too would be unfair.
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The amount of posts of any importance to this thread boils down to less than a page, yet here we are at what ridiculous number of pages? It is useless and hurtful to go on bickering amongst ourselves. Our concerns have been presented (thoroughly), and it is simply a matter of waiting until the person with the answers decides to address them, whether it be Elvis or whomever Elvis has contacts with. Can I suggest that we leave this alone until sometime mid-week or so? (like that's gonna happen ) It's just that the arguements and accusations are repeating themselves and I don't think anything else really needs to be said until the currently presented issues are addressed.
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Maybe it would be wise to close this thread, let the flames fan out a bit and tempers cool down, then reopen the discussion later like U2dork suggested?

Leaving it open like this is only making things worse.
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Old 10-10-2004, 08:45 AM   #325
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This really is very strange.
Some people are saying it definitely is The Edge.
Others are saying it definitely isn't.
Both parties seem reasonably credible, and whoever is wrong is going to end up looking rather silly.

I did believe for a while, but now I just don't know. Some of "The Edge" posts (I haven't seen them all) do sound to me like the same person you get in published interviews, but some of them, particularly the more recent ones, don't.

I guess it matters to me because if it isn't real, I'd like to see the impersonator(s) go down! It isn't right to put words in someone's mouth, no matter how famous they are. And either way it would be nice to see this site calm down a bit. It's really cool to hang out with 22,000 others who also love U2's music, but not if you can't hear the music over all the shouting.

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I do wish that Elvis would stop hiding behind the skirts of his staff and make a few declarative statements in this thread. But since he would rather pretend that his vacation time is more important that defending his and his site's credibility (and answering accusations of fraud from people who have given him money in exchange for services) perhaps this thread should be closed until his return.

Serious issues have been raised, and unltimately only one person can provide any satisfactory answers. And that doesn't mean passing the buck or painting yourself as a martyr, either. I think that the customers, supporters, mods, admins and staff of Interference deserve to be treated with respect by the site owner, and so far, in this thread and on this issue, that has not happened.
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As part of a team I will not sit and watch a fellow team member be torn down. That too would be unfair.
being torn down?
you are a funny individual

personally I have sort of given up hope that we'll ever get an answer
when you consider that one of the main questions is whether Elvis (the rest doesn't seem to have an idea) has indeed sufficient proof that would lead the avarage person to believe that this is The Edge
- which would warrant giving him an official band status -
is a question that could be answered with either "yes" or "no" and not even this has been answered (which would have taken less time than the blank statements Joel posted now during his holiday) then I don't know why I should expect anything anymore

if you want to consider that beating a dead horse then that's fine
I just have a hard time coming to terms that the willingness to answer some valid questions (and if you don't think it's valid wanting to know whether Interference's co-operation in claiming this is indeed The Edge is based on any proof then I wonder what on earth would be a valid question) seems to be non existing over here

this thread could be locked until Elvis feels he has something to share with us but I don't see what that would solve
my personal experience is that the feeling that no one gives a shit about your questions and instead just refuse to go into any kind of discussion or even having the decency to acknowledge you tends to not solve anything
really
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this thread could be locked until Elvis feels he has something to share with us but I don't see what that would solve
my personal experience is that the feeling that no one gives a shit about your questions and instead just refuse to go into any kind of discussion or even having the decency to acknowledge you tends to not solve anything
really
I agree, but the infighting in this thread only serves as a distraction from the real issue at hand. I'll let the readers decide whose purpose that would serve.

Eye on the prize, people.
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How can this not be the Edge? He told us FMJ was on the album as a child to two other songs. He told us that before Adam told the magazine that Vertigo came from FMJ and Native Son. The Edge knows what he's talking about. Plus, he didn't post for a while, which is the period when he was in Chernobyl. I believe he sincerely cares about the fans and enjoys discussion about the band.

Also, both The Edge and Dalkey Beach mentioned an instrumental being on the LP. When we get the album, we will know for sure if they are real.

As for me though, I have no doubt that this is the Edge. officially the real thing.
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Yes I had contact with the Edge, yes my credibility is on the line .
Yes it is, so the question is, what proofs did you require, and what proofs did you receive? It's as simple as that.



(And FullonEdge2, Edge wasn't in Chernobyl, but I believe he attended a showing of a movie about Chernobyl, Atomic Heart.)
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