What to do when people attack you on the Internet? There are many techniques possible including revenge, laughter, threats of violence (which are illegal by the way) and so forth.
One solution is to help your enemies by telling them what has already been tried so that they do not waste your time. That is the technique of Ms. Fitzpatrick who has written a letter to her attackers describing what has already been tried and what effect it had.
The kind of behavior that she is responding to is amazingly bad. We are talking juvenile, delusional, psycho-pathological, paranoid, vindictive, violent, anti-social, hateful, racist, sexist, vicious, obsessive and criminal.
Just an average day on the Internet, I suppose.
Did you come to my blog because you saw something I wrote on an Internet forum or Twitter
Are you now frantically Googling my name and trying to "come up with something on me" so
Let me help. Save yourself some time, and realize that you don't have to spend hours
If you're trying to silence my legitimate speech and criticism by trying to "come up with
Ms. Fitzpatrick's advice to her enemies is very long but worth reading if you have the time.
I come from the period of early online communities. I remember programs like Talkomatic on Plato, and I have used various text based MUDS or whatever they were called. I participated in early email lists on the ARPAnet like everyone else until I got tired of the flames and the time it took to participate. I helped test an early version of the Warner Bros multi-person online game "The Palace". I sponsored and helped implement one of the early versions of a networked-multiperson game, Mazewar. I screwed around with Second Life and once had a very pleasant makeout session with a beautiful virtual woman. Unfortunately my browser got caught in some sort of infinite loop while we were smooching and nothing ever came of it.
It all seemed to me to be playful, entertaining and certainly not harmful beyond the usual problems of distracting young people from their homework or household chores.
In fact most of the attacks on Fitzpatrick stem from her non-politically-correct opinions about Snowden and his collaborators.
You may also wish to examine the case of the XX Committee and the actions taken to destroy the reputation and career of its author because of his very literate and compelling posts on the Snowden Operation. The link for that is also at the end of the post.
This shit isn't funny anymore.