Writing Hubs For Fun, Profit... And Death Threats
Kathy Sierra, Robert Scoble, Michael Arrington... what do I have in common with them? Well, I'm certainly not as well-known a blogger as they are, but what we do have in common is that we have all received death threats for our online writing.
It all started at my How To Destroy Your CPU By Lapping It Hub when I explained that the soapy water sanding removal of the nickel coating (IHS) of a CPU in soapy water (it still boggles the mind...) in a vain attempt to make it run up to 20 degrees Centigrade cooler was ridiculous and that any "lapper" expecting these temperature deltas was a moron. I was then barraged by a tempest of frenzied comments, most of them written at a sixth-grade education level, calling me every dirty name in the book for daring to defend a process which Intel and AMD have firmly and repeatedly stated will immediately void any semblance of CPU warranty.
Hey, you want to come onto my Hub and tell me I'm wrong, go ahead. That's why the First Amendment exists in the country where HubPages is headquartered. Let 'er rip.
But these towering intellects went a bit further: In what they might have mistakenly thought was their private sanctum, www.overclock.net, they went on to engage their prepubescent hormones (obviously spiked after playing bloody mutilating video games all night) with threats of death towards yours truly:
cisf0rcalvin: i want to kill him.
a1161979: Me too, I'll hold him while you stab.
Cyth'Rawl: How about I pull a pin out of a grenade, cram it up his ass and video it... Perhaps being lowered into a meatgrinder...
DIRTYDUCK: ...building a water slide for him made of razor blades and fill the pool with lemon juice and rock salt.
Vagrant Storm: I am rather particular to strangling some one with their own intestines...
Dezixn: He should be hurt.
The best part about this is that these fools go on to identify exactly what they commented on the Hub under different nicknames, without realizing that DUH, I've got your IP address now! And I've saved your site's entire thread's HTML in case you manage to convince your Moderators to erase it!
Of course, these bozos also think that I'd be stupid enough to live in the city shown on my profile when I use my own, very traceable legal name rather than hide behind a nickname. I even drop hints all the time in my Hubs as to my actual location, but it's obvious that these lunatics lack the cranial capacity to walk and chew gum at the same time, let alone engage in (gasp) logical deduction!
But here is the best part! Guess who IS in Toronto?
- Shogun Interactive Development
- Domain Admin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 119 Spadina Ave.
- Box 333
- Toronto, M5V 2L0
You guys have made is so easy on me! I won't even have to deal with the FBI on a cross-border investigation. All I have to do is dial 613-993-7267 for the RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa. You see, Canadian web site publishers have legal responsibility for moderating comments made on their sites. Naturally, no one can prevent crazies from posting whatever criminal statements they want on an open forum, but strictly specific legal precedent has been established that if the web site publishers do not delete said content once they have been made formally aware of it, then they can be held profoundly liable. If you have any doubts about how serious the Canadian courts are about this, just ask Holocaust Denier Ernst Zundel who was deported to his native Germany and is now serving five years in prison for his website writings which didn't even go as far as posting death threats.
Geez... what did I say about lappers being morons... :)
So, what do YOU think? Should we all be submitted to threats of bodily violence leading to death when we write on HubPages? Should we let the perpetrators continue to be confident in their invulnerability on the Wild West Web, or should we use every legal channel at our disposal to shut down the sites that publish Holocaust Denials and Death Threats?
All comments will be reviewed and published. Er... except those expressing a desire to kill me. :)
For the conclusion of this story, check my The Quality Of Mercy Hub.