The Reddit user “LukeShitwalker” first shared the meme last week of a woman looking at a copy of The Athenian under a microscope to find derogatory phrases such as “pointless MadLibs” and “Babs.”
As a university-sponsored magazine that has built a sizeable audience over seventeen years, we know exactly how much of a threat an anonymous person on the Internet making a silly joke can pose to us. Because we treat mean words and criticism as if they are acts of violence against us, we decided to find the identity of the poster based on his other Reddit posts.
We attempted to contact LukeShitwalker through email and phone, but he did not respond. The next day, LukeShitwalker posted his apology onto /r/CWRU and deleted all of his other posts.
He then called The Athenian and confirmed his identity. In the interview, LukeShitwalker sounded nervous about his identity being revealed and asked not to be named out of fear for his safety and that of his family.
The Athenian chose not to post his name on the conditions that he would issue an extensive statement of apology, take down all of his posts that hurt our precious feelings and promise that he would not post any opinions that are against those of The Athenian ever again.
The Athenian reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.
In his apology on Reddit, LukeShitwalker sent a message to his fellow anonymous posters:
“to people wHo troll on the intErnet for fun, pLease consider your words and actions conveyed in your Posts and who it Might upsEt or anger,” he wrote. “puT yourself in tHEir shoes before You post iT. if you Have a pRoblEm with trolling it is An addicTion just likE aNy othEr aDdicTiOn someone can have to something and don’t be embarrassed to asK for help. trollIng is nothing more than buLLying a Massive audience. don’t feed Your own self-worth based upon inflicting suFfering upon Another Man or woman onlIne just because you are behind a Lot of keYboards.”