Who is Tarc?
by Daniel Brandt
Public Information Research
Updated: September 6, 2012
Additions or corrections to:
This picture is from a Facebook page
for one "Tarc Meridian," which Tarc admits is a fake name. For now, note the "917"
at the end of the link to this page. This is a clue. It says Bridgewater State
University, class of 2005, and Hingham High School, class of 1999. A Google
search for "tarc meridian" plus "bridgewater" yields only this Facebook
page and a stub of a Linkedin page that says he's a writer from the
Greater Boston area. That information is probably bogus, created to
mislead researchers. The person in the picture is Azmyth Kaminski, who
was once on a CBS reality show called Pirate Master. It was lifted
from a Flickr
site and Azmyth most likely has nothing to do with Tarc.
The real name for Tarc is Jason A. (Jay) Herlihy, age 40, from Plymouth,
New Hampshire. Veromi.net
reports his date of birth as 1973-01-23.
recently showed four addresses in Plymouth NH for Jason A. Herlihy, age
39, but the actual street addresses were probably all out of date.
Jay also has a real Facebook
page. Note the "917" at the end of this link also. The "axl" portion
of the link goes back to his college days. This page correctly shows him
in Plymouth NH, but there is no picture. Jay is a fan of reality shows. A
recent survey by the Girl Scout Research Institute supports the opinions
of various anti-cyberbullying activists, who feel that TV reality shows
are partly to blame.
He is a computer technician, and has an account on
Slashdot where he calls himself
"axl917." His email address for this account is "firstname.lastname@example.org,"
which is an old address from Plymouth State College in Plymouth, NH.
One post on Slashdot from September 2011 describes his current job: "My
degree from one of those cozy New England liberal arts universities was a
BA in Information Technology. Some programming, some networking, some MIS,
and so on, a grab-bag. I do tech support for a public K-12 school system,
and I think its kinda fun.... Our IT department is the boss, 2 techs, and
1 part-time secretary. Each of the schools have lab assistants, though
they are more considered teachers than techs."
On another post he says that "I have had a [four-character] hotmail
account since late 96/early 97." It turns out that this account is
"email@example.com." This is the Wikipedia Tarc
it's the email address used on a
mailing list. On Wikipedia, Tarc says that
once used the name "Izzy" and sure enough, he used this name around 1998, as shown on a
news group post from "firstname.lastname@example.org (AxL)" that he
signed "Izzy, the Kender." Elsewhere on Slashdot he writes, "About New
Hampshire: No income or sales tax," and in another post he reveals
familiarity with the internal workings of Wikipedia.
In this 2002
post on a game site, Tarc links to a desktop screenshot, with the
now-defunct link pointing to Herlihy-controlled territory at
http://mindwarp.plymouth.edu/~axl/desk.jpg. His "TARC" signature
image on that post, with the Democratic donkey in the corner, is stored at
Currently Tarc uses this same Photobucket account for his avatar image
at Wikipedia Review.
The web address www.mylife.com/tarc responds
with a redirect to Jay
Herlihy and shows him to be age 39, a 1991 graduate of Orford School,
and living in Plymouth, NH.
In college he was the webmaster for the college radio
station. This started during the earliest days of the web in 1995. His
email address at that time was email@example.com (the website was
named "Mindwarp"), and in 1997 he used the nick
One can also discern the origin of his pseudonym, Tarc Meridian. Note the text
on this page
where it links to "The Game Eternal - The origins of Tarc Meridian."
In that story
you will find this: "I am Tarc Meridian, last of the Crystal Knights."
Here is Jay's résumé from 1998:
Assistant General Manager, WPCR - Plymouth College Radio, Plymouth State College, Plymouth NH 03264. May 1995 - May 1996
Systems Administrator, WPCR - Plymouth College Radio, Plymouth State College, Plymouth NH 03264. July 1995 - present
Sales Floor Associate, etc..., Ames Department Store, 1 Hatch Plaza, Plymouth, NH 03264. June 1995 - November 1997
Computer Cluster Attendant, I.T. Helpdesk, Plymouth State College - Information Technologies, Plymouth State College, Plymouth NH 03264. September 1991 - present
Major, Computer Information Systems,
Minor, Engligh Literature,
Plymouth State College,
Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH 03264
Graduation: 1999 (expected)
Orford High School,
1991. Ranked 12th in class.
No one who has investigated the above links can argue that Tarc is not Jay
Herlihy. Yet Tarc still insists otherwise, and has gone so far as to claim
that he purposely planted some "false trails." More than anything else, this
seemed like an effort by him to squirm out from under the evidence presented
In a response to our email to Jay Herlihy, in which we invited him to read
this page, Herlihy threatened to report this page to our service provider.
We asked him to help us identify Tarc based on Tarc's recent claims of a
with Herlihy, but Herlihy had no comment on that. All we are trying to
do is to get positive confirmation that Tarc is Jay. In our experience,
cyberbullying comes to a screeching halt when the bully's real name is
established beyond reasonable doubt.
The failure of the Arbitration Committee at Wikipedia to consider Tarc's
behavior is shameful. In our opinion, this makes them complicit with
cyberbullying. Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia,
that "Even the so-called 'bureaucrats,' the people who are responsible for
conferring adminship on an account, can be anonymous. In fact, from a
glance at their usernames, most of them are anonymous." There was a big
stink when this site identified Arbitration Committee member Newyorkbrad
in 2008 as Ira Brad Matetsky, a corporate litigation lawyer in Manhattan.
Perhaps it's time to start again at the top, and then work our way down to
editors like Tarc.
Currently Jay is listed under "technology" staff on an old web page for
Central School, which is part of the Winnisquam Regional School District.
If Jay stills lives in Plymouth, this would be about a 20-mile commute to
the town of Sanbornton. His email address at work is firstname.lastname@example.org
and that's the address he used to reply to our email. It's possible that
he works out of the district office instead of Sanbornton Central School.
Ironically, considering that we're interested in a bully from Wikipedia who
harasses people nearly every day of the week, the district office includes a link to a
file that is titled "Winnisquam Regional School District SAU #59,
Anti-Bullying Resources." That document includes a link to another PDF file,
document for Adult Use. That might be useful for someone who doesn't
have a website.
Sanbornton also has its own subdirectory
home page. There is one Bernadette Duquay-Virgin who works in the computer lab
at Sanbornton Central
School. She would know Jay, and be able to describe him. Even
if Jay doesn't work directly from the Sanbornton campus, it's probable that
he has been dispatched to the Sanbornton computer lab to check out a misbehaving
printer or computer. Her email address is email@example.com.
Another person who would know Jay was the computer lab instructor at Sanbornton
from 2009 to 2011. He is Ken Bolia,
and his title now is "Technology Support." His email might still work at
firstname.lastname@example.org. It's also possible that
he's an independent consultant by now. He's listed as a friend on Herlihy's
The computer lab at Sanbornton is well-equipped, considering that in early
2010 there were only 204 students at Sanbornton. That school is for
children from kindergarten through fifth grade. Here is a 2009 picture of
the Sanbornton computer lab:
Jay's boss is Kevin Sousa, whose title is Director of Technology for the
district. The description of the Technology Plan for the district for
2010-2013 can be found in this
and Jay's description of the department in his Slashdot post is an exact
match for this school district (one boss, two techs, part-time secretary,
and lab assistants). Jay is probably the tech who covers the three
elementary schools in the district, and the other tech (name unknown)
covers the high school and middle school. Sousa's email is
and his telephone is (603) 286-4531 ext 105.
The district offices are located on the high school campus.
No pictures of Jay were found on Winnisquam District newsletter pages,
nor on the half-dozen pic pages on his old college radio station site.
New Hampshire has a cyberbullying
law and Jay works for a public school district supported by tax dollars.
This law is apparently not broad enough to cover Jay's cyberbullying,
since the students of that district are presumably not affected by his
Wikipedia-related activities. The situation would be more complex if he
is caught editing during working hours.
Tarc: Wikipedia editor most foul