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  • From an email I recently received from a lurker (and an ex-coworker):

    You can go to ******* ****. My opinion of you? Your writing is ****, you don't have a creative bone in your body, you are a coward, a bigot, you are one of those pale, loathsome **** who slides along in the shadows of self-respect, building up his fragile ego by bashing others.

    This same individual also wrote that he's "suddenly very interested in watching [me] bleed". I never can understand what impels some people to behave this way

    • You do not have a problem with being honest, but one with being wise. Why would you ever post to a public forum that you would want to "take a club to this guy"? If you threaten bodily harm to someone in public, in even jest to your friends, what do you really expect?

      You messed up, and you almost apologized to the guy. You "explained". You messed up, and from what you just said in public, it does not sound like you want to take responsibility for it or feel bad that you did it. You should feel remorse, but you do not.

      Now, if the same person reads this, you will have even more problems with this guy, and possibly people he knows, works with, and people you might have to work with. You have even damaged your reputation with people unrelated to that incident.

      This sort of thing has been on my mind this month because I see a lot of this attitude here---blame everyone but yourself. You blew it. We all blow it at some time. You; however, attacked him again! Despite his vitriol, it appears that he is right, and you have only made the problem worse.

      Let's make use.perl a nice place to be. Your comment does not do that.