"Anonymous" takes over

Right now, http://martinmanley.org/ redirects to a mirror version of Manley's original suicide page, which has been removed by Yahoo. This message appears before the redirect.

"Anonymous" takes over

Martin Manley spent a year creating the website, which explains in detail his decision to commit suicide. He also paid for a five-year hosting deal with Yahoo.

"Anonymous" takes over

Manley's sister, Barbie Flick, has already called on Yahoo to put the site online again. She says it does not encourage suicide.

Hacker Group Re-creates Martin Manley's Suicide Site After Yahoo Pulls It

The sports journalist spent a year creating the website, and paid for a five-year web-hosting deal with Yahoo to create a lasting legacy of his life.

A website put up by a sports writer who committed suicide in Kansas City last week has been taken down by Yahoo, on the grounds that it violated the firm's Terms of Service. A mirror version of the site, however, has been put up by hacktivists claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous.

Martin Manley spent a year creating the website, which explains in detail his decision to commit suicide. He also paid for a five-year hosting deal with Yahoo. Manley's sister, Barbie Flick, has already called on Yahoo to put the site online again.

"A cursory read will tell the reader that Martin was not advocating suicide for others," she told Slate. "There is nothing offensive about his site. While it is painful for me, I believe that he handled the topic very appropriately. Since Martin did have a pre-paid contract with Yahoo for the next five years, I am pleading with Yahoo to either republish the site, or allow the family to have the files so that we can find another way to carry out Martin's wishes."

The mirror site contains a message from Anonymous and mentions the demise of Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide at the beginning of the year. The hacking group attacked government websites in protest at what it saw as being responsible for Swartz's death.

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  • ejt

    Anonymous, have you run out of things to intrude in? If Yahoo decided to take down the site, maybe instead of cracking security in systems all over the world, you should read TOS for that site.....we are anonymous-what a laugh.......you are slowly becoming irrelevant!!!!

  • Kookymommy

    I only read a portion of Mr. Manley's website and was intrigued by this man.  He lived his life his way and dealt with it appropriately.  Not that I advocate suicide by any means but he felt it was best for him and his reasoning was very interesting.  I support the fact that the site be put back up.

  • bSchlender

    Martin Manley's website chronicling his reasons for suicide, as well as other reminiscences and thoughts about his life is by no stretch offensive or dangerous. Anyone who followed his insightful and dispassionate statistical analysis of professional baseball and college basketball in particular, knows that he was an obsessive and opinionated guy who worked hard to prove the validity of his conclusions. At one point, he cut off reader comments on his site, which seemed a little odd at the time, given that most reader comments were civil and reflected Martin's own desire to draw conclusions only from what can be measured statistically. Very few of the comments showed the vitriol one usually sees at sports fan sites, but those that did offended Martin deeply, to the point of closing off comments altogether. It was then that I realized that he was a control freak as well as a stat wonk. 
    Nevertheless, his sports posts were endlessly enlightening and provocative. So it was no surprise to see that his suicide site would reflect the same obsessive, and hyper-rational tone as his stat-driven sports commentaries. 
    He was one odd bird. Smart. Not as good of a writer as he would've liked to think he was, but still consistently provocative. Self-absorption does that to you. In that sense, his suicide site is surprisingly mundane. He talks about food as if it were simply fuel. Too bad he never learned to think of it in any other context than as a cost/benefit equation. But that is what makes the suicide site a valuable resource. It is a glimpse into the mind and consciousness of person who had trouble keeping himself in perspective. Strange, given his lifelong quest to be absolutely and quantitatively objective in how he analyzed all that he was interested in. 
    That's what makes his site so valuable. Even though the bulk of it is a litany of personal recollections and opinions from a man who had lived a very narrow and circumscribed life, it is an attempt to show the world that one can try to come to the conclusion to commit suicide for rational reasons. Agree with him or not, it is a fascinating archive.