This is a short one because I’m so appalled…
Kathy Sierra runs an interesting, thoughtful blog “Creating Passionate Users.” She’s a biggie, with important things to say, in some demand as a speaker. I don’t always agree with what she says. I always think it’s worth reading.
And she posted this astonishing tale today, explaining why she’s not at ETech today–and why she’s canceled all speaking engagements.
Death threats. Threats of personal violence and violation. Easily credible enough to be worrisome.
It may be virtual space, but these are real people–and this is just not acceptable behavior. Period. Not as a joke, not as a gibe. Not. Acceptable. Behavior.
Update: Robert Scoble posted on this issue and decided not to do any more posts for the rest of this week. That’s a big deal for him and not unusual for me, but I think he’s right: Leaving this post at the top of the page for the rest of the week is worthwhile.
As for anonymous comments: With the single exception attached to this post, I will remove any comments that do not contain a real and verifiable email address–and I will never reveal that email address. But I’ll also remove any
negative hateful or personal-attack “anonymous”/pseudonymous comments as a matter of course.