“It seems that WOW isn’t alone in dealing with nasty, threatening posts,” says our San Francisco friend Quartknee, who sent us this link to a San Francisco Chronicle story today about a blogger named Kathy Sierra whose anonymous commenter posted death threats and images like the one here, causing her to shut down the comments section of her site and sparking a heated web debate on free speech and the nature of online discourse. (Here)
Sierra detailed the incident on her blog on Monday, and the site has received more than 1,200 comments since then. At issue are a series of threats, filed by an unknown person for unknown reasons, on Sierra’s blog and on a group of sites dedicated to criticizing the philosophies of Sierra and others. Hundreds of bloggers have offered up their own posts in her defense, including many from women in the tech world who say they’ve been the victims of similar threats and harassment. In Sierra’s case, no one is clear about why she would be singled out for such particularly nasty threats.