Not that it’s anything new, I’m just grumpy that this sort of crap is so widespread and so tolerated:
Blog death threats spark debate
“Prominent blogger Kathy Sierra has called on the blogosphere to combat the culture of abuse online.”
“It follows a series of death threats which have forced her to cancel a public appearance and suspend her blog.”
Gee, a tiny bit of the rampant bullshit that’s directed at women online finally makes the news. Maybe now all those idiots who tell us it’s not a problem and we shouldn’t let it bother us with get a clue? Nah, probably not. Idiot reform is a hopeless cause. But dealing with this sort of junk on online forums and blogs isn’t rocket science- it’s called “admins, grow a spine and hit the delete key.”
Why do so many online communities tolerate trolls, sick psychopaths, and toxic personalities? “Oh noes!” you wail “We cannot be exclusionary, because that is Wrong!” Baloney. Quit being a wuss and exclude the destructive buttheads. Create and enforce some community standards, because tolerating poisonous people is the same as taking a big hot steaming dump on the cool sane people you want to have around. I cannot fathom the spineless mentality that would rather suck up to psychopaths than stand up for friends.
“Oh noes!” you wail some more, “What about Free Speech?” Hey, what about enforcing standards and creating an atmosphere that permit actual useful conversation, instead of allowing vandals to run the show? I doubt that human rights will be set back very much by squashing dialogue like “I wont to ram u til u cry.” I had the pleasure of receiving this communication recently. Lucky me, torn between outrage at the message, and dismay over the terrible spelling and grammar.
This sort of junk is not trivial or something to endure as the price of participating in online communities. It’s violence, it’s an attack, and I despise the people who make excuses for it. We can do better. Hint: remember that delete key?
Nice response from Lisa Stone:
“Hating Hate Speech: Safety for Kathy Sierra and all women online”