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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, but now I get to experience it firsthand. It seems that he read an old journal entry where I and a coworker were expressing frustration with someone else's code and wrote "we need to take a club to this guy". I explained that it was merely a comment born of frustration after a long day of work and that it was not a threat and that I don't have -- and never did have -- any intention of harming him, but he didn't care. The lurker assumed that we were talking about him and talked about putting a bullet in my brain and said he would explain to others that it was "self-defense" because I was threatening him.

    It appears to be virtually impossible to be honest. If everything one says and writes isn't reflective of some Pollyanna attitude, then someone is going to see red.

    • 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,