It's harsh criticism, make no doubt, but that's all it is.
Lately, I've been getting comments on SFDB, usually late at night, that are just generally vulgar in nature. They address my writing at the old blog, my sexual orientation and, lately, even my girlfriend. As a result, I've had to resort to periodic comment moderation in order to enforce my comments policy.
But this morning I got this comment from someone who calls himself "Berocos Menocál" [go ahead and Google it and see where this guy hangs his hat] that surprised even me.
Rick you f*cking [Ed.] looser, don't be surprised when you get a knock at your door at three in the morning any day now, your days of provoking while hiding behind your now no longer existent anonymity are over, we have discovered your identity[...] Your ass is ours now monkey boy.I've edited the comment for its vulgarity and I removed some additional allegations about my work.
Let me make sure that I am very clear here: I have no idea who is behind this email. I have my thoughts on the matter given the verbiage "Menocál" uses and the very salient fact that this fits perfectly with the modus operandi of certain persons that I have criticized in the past. But the bottom line is that "Menocál" remains, ironically enough, anonymous.
As I've said, these comments come late at night or in the early morning hours when SFDB traffic is extremely light and my stats tracker can easily sort out the originating IP of those who make comments at that hour. Needless to say, this threat is being taken very seriously by me and IP's are being recorded and noted.
In the world of blogging, you can't be thin-skinned. If you dish it out, you have to be able to take it, too. However, I believe a line is crossed when bloggers are threatened and stalked in order to dissuade them from being critical or sharing their opinions. It's bullying at its worst.
And there may be some who even consider it criminal.