I don’t have all the facts straight yet (somebody ought to write a WikiNews or Now Public story about this), but marketing genius Kathy Sierra has apparently been receiving death threats from other bloggers.
As I type this, I am supposed to be in San Diego, delivering a workshop at the ETech conference. But I’m not. I’m at home, with the doors locked, terrified. For the last four weeks, I’ve been getting death threat comments on this blog. But that’s not what pushed me over the edge. What finally did it was some disturbing threats of violence and sex posted on two other blogs… blogs authored and/or owned by a group that includes prominent bloggers. People you’ve probably heard of. People like respected Cluetrain Manifesto co-author Chris Locke (aka Rageboy).
There’s plenty of evidence in her blog post and the comments to suggest that this isn’t an isolated incident or just a little flame war gone awry. It’s really awful, and just shameful that so-called professionals apparently are involved (I’m hesitant to name the alleged perpetrators until fact is sorted out from speculation).
I first read about this on Lauren’s blog, but have since seen it on Robert’s, Tim’s and a dozen others. Once the culprits are clearly identified, I imagine they can expect a visit from the local constabulary.
Aside from the occasional, random flammage, the only threats of abuse I’ve ever received are from Harley Davidson enthusiasts. They apparently didn’t like being called ‘asshats’.