All times in Eastern Standard Time (McGrath, Watts, and I all live in this time zone).

Midnight, June 26 (12:43 AM) -Neil comments on Joel’s blog, linking to the Vridar blogpost, “The Laziness and Incompetence of Yet Another Biblical Scholar”.
Midnight, June 26 (1:17 AM) -Joel declares “so, new rule for the blog. banning the #trolls. I don’t have time for complete stupidity #creationists #mythicists”

Midnight, June 26 (1:19 AM) -Joel declares “@WarWraith yeah, those in dire need of that special sort of help. Generally related to mythicists and other trolls.”

Midnight, June 26 (1:19 AM) -Joel declares “@WarWraith you know, the ones that’d argue with you if you said, standing at high noon, it was indeed noon.”

Midnight, June 26 (1:21 AM) -Joel declares “@WarWraith and don’t forget what day it is. And if you say mid-day, that’s argued too.”

Evening, June 26 (9:48 PM) -Watts, not understanding the meaning of a CC license allowing derivative works or the concept of Fair Use, files takedown request while almost committing perjury. Watts, ignoring the second step at http://automattic.com/dmca/ in filing a DMCA notice, does not contact Neil beforehand, but apparently expects WP to contact Neil after the full text of Watts’s post “On the “science of history”” is removed from Neil’s post “The Laziness and Incompetence of Yet Another Biblical Scholar”.
Morning, June 27 (10:30 AM) -I comment on Vridar on “Two New Books: On Suicide Bombing & Muslim Secular Democracy”.
Midday, June 27 (12:56 PM) -Wordpress receives Watts’s takedown request and makes Neil’s post “private”. The email to Neil is sent at 12:56 PM, the email to Joel is sent one minute later.
Midday, June 27, around 1:30 PM -Neil wakes up, if he looks at Gmail, thinks the email from WP is, as over 80% of the time, completely irrelevant to him.
Afternoon, June 27 (4:26 PM) -Joel declares “there is something called DMCA. If you copy my entire blog post w/o permission, and you are on WordPress, you can be reported”

Afternoon, June 27 (4:27 PM) -Joel declares “I reported someone yesterday and @wordpressdotcom moved fact to take it down.”

Afternoon, June 27 (4:29 to 4:30 PM) -Neil judges Tim Widowfield accidentally made the “The Laziness and Incompetence of Yet Another Biblical Scholar” blogpost “private” and makes this post public again.
Afternoon, June 27 (5:20 PM) -Neil responds to me on “Two New Books: On Suicide Bombing & Muslim Secular Democracy”.
Evening, June 27 -I prepare to respond to Neil on “Two New Books: On Suicide Bombing & Muslim Secular Democracy”, then go to sleep.
Midnight, June 28 (12:20 AM) -Vridar is shut down by WP due to Neil making the unaltered “The Laziness and Incompetence of Yet Another Biblical Scholar” blogpost public again.
Midnight, June 28 (12:41 AM) -Tim Widowfield notices the Vridar WP blog has been shut down.
Morning (7:51 AM), June 28 -McGrath posts on Vridar’s demise.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2013/06/vridar-no-longer-available.htm
Morning (8:07 AM), June 28 -Joel posts his “It is difficult at best to get WordPress to shut down sites on complaints of subject matter— Lord knows I’ve tried with Jim’s blog enough.” comment on McGrath’s post.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2013/06/vridar-no-longer-available.html#comment-945224032
Morning (8:13 AM), June 28 -Joel declares “RT @ReligionProf: Vridar No Longer Available http://nblo.gs/MEb8D // violation of copyright and then willful violation is a harsh mistress”

Morning, June 28 -The most likely time Joel forged his never-actually-sent “June 26, 12:56 PM” email to Neil. Joel certainly forged the email after June 27, 10:20 PM ( https://againstjebelallawz.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/a-veritable-reconstruction-of-joel-wattss-sent-items/ ), however, judging from the position of the scrollbar, it looks like Joel sent no emails after the one he sent to WP on June 27, 10:20 PM before forging his email to Neil. Joel sent an email to WP on June 28, 9:25 AM. He also sent an email (not to WP) on June 28, 11:17 AM. Thus, it is likely Joel forged his email to Neil between the time he found out Neil’s blog was taken down and June 28, 9:25 AM. In the screenshot showing the forged email, the Wi-Fi is turned off (to prevent any automatic time-setting by any program), emails over 27 hours after the supposed taking of this screenshot can be clearly seen in Joel’s “Sent Items” folder, and the “System Preferences” are open to the time-and-date picker ( http://vridar.org/2013/07/05/joel-watts-not-a-time-lord/ ). The computer battery was at 49% capacity at the time the screenshot was taken.

Morning (10:01 AM), June 28-“An Old Friend of Joel” (Stephan Huller) suggests Joel shut down Vridar.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2013/06/vridar-no-longer-available.html#comment-945311520
Morning (10:41 AM), June 28 -WP notifies Neil that his blog has been shut down for the republication of copyrighted content. Neil searches throughout his email for WP’s June 27, 12:56 PM email, but cannot find it because he is in Gmail Conversation View and does not understand that this email is just a couple clicks away from WP’s June 28, 10:41 AM email due to the nature of Gmail Conversation View.
Morning (11:21 AM), June 28 -Joel declares “This guy commenting on @ReligionProf’s post may not like me. I’m not sure. There is a lot of nuance in his words. http://disq.us/8dtnlf”, referring, of course, to “An Old Friend of Joel”.

Morning (11:31 AM), June 28 -Joel declares “@Stuey_James @ReligionProf Yeah, no worries. It is S. Huller. This is expected” regarding the identity of the “Old Friend of Joel”.

Midday (12:01 PM), June 28 -Watts first posts on Vridar’s demise on Unsettled Christianity.
http://unsettledchristianity.com/2013/06/run-dmca/
Midday (12:28 PM), June 28 -Neil openly displays Joel’s takedown request in a comment at McGrath’s first post on the matter.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2013/06/vridar-no-longer-available.html#comment-945456595
Midday (1:17 PM), June 28 -Joel declares “I did [try to contact Neil regarding this before trying to contact WordPress] which is why the request to WordPress was not immediate”
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2013/06/vridar-no-longer-available.html#comment-945513491
Afternoon (2:30 PM), June 28 -Joel takes screenshot of email sent by WP on June 27, 12:57 PM, his Wi-Fi being on and his battery being at 53% capacity.

Afternoon (2:43 PM), June 28 -Assuming a linear rate of battery depletion and that Joel forged his June 26 email to Neil (as argued convincingly at http://irrco.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/joel-watts-and-dubious-evidence/ ) after midday of June 28 (a very unlikely assumption; see above), this is the most likely time Joel forged his June 26 email to Neil.
Afternoon (2:53 PM), June 28 -Joel declares “Run DMC(A) – UPDATED http://unsettledchristianity.com/2013/06/run-dmca/ … Now with more pictures @rtrdh @ReligionProf @tomverenna”

Afternoon (3:41 PM), June 28 -Joel declares “I think the failure to understand processes and facts have made a lot of people mad. At me, not at the person who failed.”

Afternoon (4:25 PM), June 28 -Neil claims to have received no warning of any kind prior to WP deactivating his blog.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2013/06/vridar-no-longer-available.html#comment-945691759
Afternoon (4:29 PM), June 28 -Watts claims he will email WP with the intention of asking WP to re-instate the Vridar WP blog.
http://unsettledchristianity.com/2013/06/run-dmca/#comment-1197143
Afternoon (5:05 PM), June 28 -Joel takes screenshot of email sent by WP on June 28 (12:20 AM), his Wi-Fi being on and his battery being at 8% capacity.

Afternoon (5:10 PM), June 28 -Joel supposedly contacts WP to get Neil’s blog re-instated. In the screenshot showing this latest email to WP, Joel’s Wi-Fi is on and his battery is at 5% capacity.

Afternoon (5:15 PM), June 28 -Joel declares “@eJoelWatts: Run DMC(A) – UPDATED AGAIN http://unsettledchristianity.com/2013/06/run-dmca/ … Now with more pictures @rtrdh @ReligionProf @tomverenna – WITH 2 NEW PICs”

Afternoon (5:29 PM), June 28 -Joel declares “@Scotteriology I understand Godfrey and Hudson because that’s all they do, but you don’t write about those issues do you?”

Evening (6:08 PM), June 28 -hjalti, a poster on the Freethought and Rationalism Discussion Board, becomes the first person there to note Watts’s Creative Commons license.
http://www.freeratio.org/showthread.php?p=7493154#post7493154
Evening (7:03 PM), June 28 -Neil Godfrey recieves a copy of WP’s June 27, 12:56 PM email.
Evening (7:14 PM), June 28 -Tim Widowfield writes the “Rising from the Ashes” post on the new Vridar.org.
http://vridar.org/2013/06/28/rising-from-the-ashes/
Evening (8:07 PM), June 28 -Nikos Apostolakis becomes the first person on James McGrath’s blog to point out Watts’s CC license.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2013/06/vridar-no-longer-available.html#comment-945888208
Evening (9:11 PM), June 28 -Joel supposedly regrets Neil has suffered the loss of his blog while committing a Freudian slip-“The blog was Neil’s work and should be destroyed simply because either I or anyone else would wish to be.”. He does not mention the CC issue.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2013/06/vridar-no-longer-available.html#comment-945928953
Evening (10:35 PM), June 28 -Ian points out that Joel has retroactively removed the CC license from all his content on Unsettled Christianity.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2013/06/vridar-no-longer-available.html#comment-945978538
Evening (11:19 PM), June 28 -Ian publishes his first blogpost on the matter, focusing on the CC issue.
http://irrco.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/joel-watts-neil-godfrey-censorship-and-dishonesty/
Early morning (3:00 AM), June 29 -Steven Carr becomes the first commentator on Unsettled Christianity to point out that the site previously had a CC license.
http://unsettledchristianity.com/2013/06/run-dmca/#comment-1197186
Early morning (5:09 AM), June 29 -The post “What Happened to Vridar? (updated with more reflections on Joel’s role)” is published on the new Vridar.org.
http://vridar.org/2013/06/29/what-happened-to-vridar/
Morning (10:06 AM), June 29 -McGrath posts on Vridar.org’s rise.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2013/06/vridar-returns-and-a-review-of-a-review-of-a-review.html
Morning (10:57 AM), June 29 -Joel declares “Help me out here. If you unable/unwilling to understand processes and English, why am I the bad guy?”

Morning (11:43 AM), June 29 -Watts publishes the “Ugh – Once again #DMCA” post on Unsettled Christianity.
http://unsettledchristianity.com/2013/06/ugh-once-again-dmca/
Midday (12:38 PM), June 29 -Joel declares “@jthom18 I’d watch it or I might your blog taken down.”

Midday (between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM), June 29 -After reading Watts’s “Ugh – Once again #DMCA” post, I decide to create a satirical cartoon of it.
Midday (12:39 PM), June 29 -Joel declares “@jthom18 ill have their sites removed too”

Midday (1:27 PM), June 29 -The first version of my cartoon is saved.
Afternoon (3:13 PM), June 29 -Joel declares “@Gentle_Wisdom pretty sure that doesn’t call into that category”, referring to the possibility the Federal Government might file a DMCA request due to Joel reproducing a whole letter sent to him by the Federal Government.

Afternoon (4:01 PM), June 29 -I finish my cartoon.
Afternoon (4:18 PM, June 29 -I publish my cartoon on the Internet.
https://againstjebelallawz.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/the-prayer-of-monsieur-twats/
Afternoon (4:40 PM), June 29 -Tim Widowfield posts the first comment on the new Vridar.org.
http://vridar.org/2013/06/29/what-happened-to-vridar/#comment-20435
Evening (8:17 PM), June 29 -Joel declares “Having the singular power to destroy a blog is taxing http://instagram.com/p/bKaTlYqxvo/”

Early morning (5:58 AM), June 30 -The post “Looking for Vridar Blog Posts” is published on Vridar.org.
http://vridar.org/2013/06/30/looking-for-vridar-blog-posts/
Morning (8:30 AM), June 30 -Joel declares “@AllRandomMostly @awhooker indeed. with the singular power to use The Force in order to take down a blog.”

Morning (8:31 AM), June 30 -Joel declares “@AllRandomMostly @awhooker I’m thinking of randomly shutting down blogs of different people to see if they notice.”

Afternoon (3:14 PM), July 1 -David Hillman finds that the Vridar WP blog has been re-established.
http://vridar.org/2013/06/30/looking-for-vridar-blog-posts/#comment-20485
Afternoon (5:14 PM), July 1 -Ian publishes his second blogpost on the matter, focusing on Watts’s “Ugh – Once again #DMCA” post.
http://irrco.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/dmca-censorship-and-the-wattsgodfrey-debacle/
Evening (6:13 PM), July 1 -The first and last blogpost on the reborn Vridar WP blog is published.
http://vridar.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/vridar-has-moved/
Evening (6:26 PM), July 1 -The first and last blogpost on the reborn Vridar WP blog is published on the Vridar.org blog.
http://vridar.org/2013/07/01/the-old-vridar-rises-again/
Evening (8:35 PM), July 1 -I post the first and last comment on the reborn Vridar WP blog.
http://vridar.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/vridar-has-moved/#comment-50741
Evening (9:28 PM), July 1 -Neil reposts my caricature on the new Vridar.org.
http://vridar.org/2013/07/02/the-prayer-of-master-watts/
Midday (12:23 PM), July 2 -Manoj Joseph correctly suggests Joel Watts’s “June 26” email is fake on the “What Happened to Vridar? (updated with more reflections on Joel’s role)” post.
http://vridar.org/2013/06/29/what-happened-to-vridar/#comment-20501
Afternoon (4:05 PM), July 2 -Joel declares “Seems I am now in the middle of a conspiracy that is actually another conspiracy to make mythicists look bad, along with @drjewest #fb”

Afternoon (after 4:40 PM, before 10:00 PM), July 2 -Watts updates his first blogpost on the matter for a third time to combat rumors of email forgery.
Afternoon (4:55 PM), July 2 -Joel declares “@drjewest according to Huller”

Afternoon (4:57 PM), July 2 -Joel declares “@drjewest I’ve created this dmca flap to paint the mythicists as conspiracy theorists”

Evening (7:07 PM), July 2 -The post “Joel Watts, “Email Evidence” and Perjury: The Answers Are Beginning to Emerge” is published on Vridar.
http://vridar.org/2013/07/02/joel-watts-email-evidence-and-perjury-the-answers-are-beginning-to-emerge/
Evening (9:11 PM), July 2 -Joel declares “irritating mythicists brings in the hits…”

Evening (10:09 PM), July 2 -Joel declares “@jthom18 you bloody heretic. Go bother the mythicists before I shut your blog down and doctor time stamps”

Evening (11:26 PM), July 2 -Ian publishes his third blogpost on the matter, focusing on Watts’s screenshot of his email to Neil.
http://irrco.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/joel-watts-and-dubious-evidence/
Evening (11:59 PM), July 2 -The blogpost “Joel Watts: Lunatic, Liar, or Lord?”, written by Tim Widowfield, is published on Vridar.
http://vridar.org/2013/07/03/joel-watts-lunatic-liar-or-lord/
Afternoon to Evening (~2:00 PM to 7:14 PM), July 3 -I focus on compiling this post.
Evening (7:14 PM), July 3 -I publish this post.
Midday (12:02 PM), July 4 -Joel declares “How to win the internet? Poke a fundanut (NG)”. NG means “Neil Godfrey”.

Early Morning (4:14 AM), July 5 -Tim Widowfield publishes the “Joel Watts: Not a Time Lord” post on Vridar.
http://vridar.org/2013/07/05/joel-watts-not-a-time-lord/
Morning (11:23 AM), July 5 -I publish my “Veritable Reconstruction of Joel Watts’s Sent Items”, showing Joel Watts forged his email to Neil after June 27, 10:20 PM.
https://againstjebelallawz.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/a-veritable-reconstruction-of-joel-wattss-sent-items/
Morning (11:39 AM) -I publicize my “Veritable Reconstruction of Joel Watts’s Sent Items” in a comment at the “Joel Watts: Lunatic, Liar, or Lord?” post, thus earning me over 80 views.
http://vridar.org/2013/07/05/joel-watts-not-a-time-lord/#comment-20679
Morning to Midday (between 11:23 AM and 1:56 PM) -I update my “Veritable Reconstruction of Joel Watts’s Sent Items”. The post achieves something close to its present form on 11:41 PM.
Afternoon (2:02 PM), July 5 -Joel declares “Only about 5 people care at this point” regarding the matter.
http://politicaljesus.com/2013/06/28/score-joel-1-neil-godfrey-stephan-huller-negative-a-billion/#comment-23103
Afternoon (3:05 PM), July 5 -Joel posts his “I.am.too.a.timelord.” comment on the “Joel Watts: Not a Time Lord” post. This is the first comment in which he acknowledges the existence of my cartoon.
http://vridar.org/2013/07/05/joel-watts-not-a-time-lord/#comment-20707
Afternoon (3:17 PM), July 5 -Joel declares “I’m not sure people understand “good faith.””

Afternoon (before 3:27 PM), July 5 -Tim Widowfield updates the “Joel Watts: Not a Time Lord” post to include screenshots of Tim Widowfield’s own attempts at email forgery.
Afternoon (3:27 PM), July 5 -Joel posts his remarks on my cartoon in a comment on the “Joel Watts: Not a Time Lord” post.
http://vridar.org/2013/07/05/joel-watts-not-a-time-lord/#comment-20713
Afternoon (3:28 PM), July 5 -Joel posts his remarks on my cartoon in a comment on my “Prayer of Monsieur Twats” post.
https://againstjebelallawz.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/the-prayer-of-monsieur-twats/#comment-4471
Afternoon (3:42 PM), July 5 -Joel posts cryptic remarks on his forged email to Neil and tells me to “pick a better name”, seeing “pithom” as “too difficult to spell” in a comment on the “Joel Watts: Not a Time Lord”.
http://vridar.org/2013/07/05/joel-watts-not-a-time-lord/#comment-20720
Afternoon (between 3:05 PM and 6:15 PM), July 5 -Joel updates his first blogpost on the matter for a fourth time.
Afternoon (4:30 PM), July 5 -Tim Widowfield explains the importance of the Message-ID to Joel and why he should provide it.
http://vridar.org/2013/07/05/joel-watts-not-a-time-lord/#comment-20724
Early Morning (5:15 AM), July 6 -Neil Godfrey publishes the “What is a Creative Commons (CC) Licence?” post on Vridar.
http://vridar.org/2013/07/06/what-is-a-creative-commons-cc-licence/
Midday (1:26 PM), July 6 -I declare “@eJoelWatts ‘Cause you shut down an innocent man’s blog without forewarning while forgetting your permissive CC license.”

Afternoon (2:14 PM), July 6 -Joel declares “@Enopoletus on you poor deluded soul. how far from the truth are you.”

Afternoon (2:17 PM), July 6 -I declare “@eJoelWatts I understand you didn’t intend to, but that’s what happened.”

Afternoon (2:17 PM-2:19 PM), July 6 -Joel declares
“No, I didn’t intend to. Nor did I actually shut the blog down. Granted, I have to take NG at his word that he didn’t receive 1/2 the DMCA from WP, but his reposting of the material out of process is what shut the blog down. Which is why I emailed WP asking for reinstatement. further, regarding the CC, as at least two different commentators have stated, since NG did not have the same CC as me, my request, even under a liberal interpretation of the CC still stands.
btw, this name is not easier than Pithom. Just sayin'”
I consider this interpretation of the events to be overly literalistic. See http://vridar.org/2013/07/06/what-is-a-creative-commons-cc-licence/#comment-20861 If Joel hadn’t complained to Automattic, Neil’s WP blog wouldn’t have been shut down.

Afternoon (2:22 PM), July 6 -Joel Watts favorites my second reply to him on Twitter.
Afternoon (2:36 PM), July 6 -Joel Watts follows me on Twitter.
Evening (8:26 PM), July 6 -Neil publishes the “Last Piece of the Vridar Takedown Puzzle” on Vridar.
http://vridar.org/2013/07/07/last-piece-of-the-vridar-takedown-puzzle/
Evening (8:26 PM to 10:12 PM), July 6 -I focus on updating this timeline in light of the “Last Piece of the Vridar Takedown Puzzle” post on Vridar
Morning (7:38 AM to 8:14 AM), July 7 -I focus on fixing most of the remaining errors in this timeline.
Morning (11:21 PM), July 7 -I publish “The Watts-Godfrey Dispute, In Conclusion”.
https://againstjebelallawz.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/wagofcon/
July 17 – Neil Godfrey publishes “Joel Watts Fails to Defend His DMCA Takedown Application Against Vridar” and re-instates the post Watts complained about.
http://vridar.org/2013/07/17/joel-watts-fails-to-defend-his-dmca-takedown-application-against-vridar/

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