From a post about failed real estate investor Casey Serin, who has received large amounts of hate mail, comes comments about Kathy Sierra, who recently received death threats and vicious sexual slurs for no apparent reason.
So what does Kathy Sierra think should be done about cyber hate?
She also thinks it could be time to re-examine whether the blogosphere needs to be completely uncensored.
“There is an unwritten rule in the blogosphere that it is wrong to delete nasty comments. It suggests that you can’t take criticism but now there is a sense that this is nonsense,” she said.
Polizeros can and does delete comments. The best way to have sane comments where people feel relaxed about posting is to filter out the nasty attacks, outright loonies, those trying to start fights, and in a political blog, attacks from the other side.
This blog started in 2002, and the most vicious, racist, ugly comments were posted duing the immigrant rights marches of 2006 by right wing extremists. But you never saw them. That’s because I deleted them before they appeared. And there were dozens of them.
The other subject here that gets nasty comments is Palestine, but when several similarly worded Zionist comments appear within a few minutes of each other, well, you don’t see those either.
Casey Serin, however deluded, does not deserve hate mail. No one does. What happened to Kathy Sierra should not happen to anyone. Locking out the rage-filled and the loonies from comments is a good way to prevent it from happening.