The words 'death threat' appear in inverted commas!
The term 'blogger spat' is used for the first time!
It took an Australian journalist to dig for the information on this story to find out a few facts rather than just lap up the oatmeal delivered by Kathy Sierra which is nothing but a distortion of the truth, bordering on libel against an author and fellow blogger who does his research more thoroughly and assiduously than Kathy Sierra could ever be bothered to do.
Liz Tay has shown up every other journalist who has covered this hype for the lazy craven plagiarists they are. They read Sierra's blog, they got the contents of the email Chris Locke sent to Liz Tay in response to her request for comments and that's the extent of their "research".
I looked through half a dozen reports of theirs and scarcely found any difference between them. They all appeared to have ripped off the report which appeared on the BBC's technology news yesterday.
Ms Sierra described on her blog how she had been subject to a campaign of threats, including a post that featured a picture of her next to a noose.Speaking of anonymous, there isn't a by-line on that report. I take particular exception to this because they've reported one fact: Sierra described on her blog how she had been subject to a campaign of threats... then followed it up with what has not been verified as fact at all - namely that the police are investigating.
The police are investigating while the blogosphere has launched its own enquiry.
I happen to have it on good authority from two rather reliable sources that the police are not, in fact, investigating. The truth will come out.
From the same report at the BBC...
Ms Sierra, author of popular blog Creating Passionate Users, began receiving death threats four weeks ago.
Since going public on the issue, she has been overwhelmed by the support she has received.
"I agonised about making this post but I hoped it would start a dialogue," she told the BBC News website.
Began receiving death threats four weeks ago? Not from meankids she didn't and not from unclebobism either. I know, I was there.
On the other hand, have a look at some of the things Ms Sierra has been saying over the last few weeks...
— “Our apps. have Asperger’s,” Sierra said. Asperger’s is a disorder on the autism spectrum. “Aspies” are often intelligent but rigid and have trouble with emotional interactions.Class, Kathy. All class. But somehow oddly ironic too. I wonder how tempted you were to say "Niggers" are often intelligent but have trouble understanding the white person's ways.
(And just for the record, my top three hates are child abusers, bigots and bullshit artists in that order.)
While blogging feuds are common, she believes the campaign against her is more likely to be because she is a woman in the male-dominated technology world.
And we have a winner! This comment which has probably done more damage to all women than anything that appeared in either meankids or unclebobism has been played to death by just about every hack who's picked it up. Where the BBC gave the feminist angle slightly more than a third of the whole report - the journalist who did the research quoted two sources and focused on the main issue, which was the only fact available - barely even gave the feminist angle any credence at all - and rightly so. And Liz Tay might actually be *gasp* a woman!
More than that, Liz Tay's views on (particularly) the I.T. workplace aren't what could accurately be described as being in sync with the ideals Chris Locke put forth when co-writing the Cluetrain Manifesto.
No, Kathy, this isn't any sort of anti-female thing at all. Moreover, if anyone reading this is familiar with the writings of Chris Locke, it is patently obvious that women aren't the focus of his latest efforts, it's loudmouthing halfwits throughout history who spout complete nonsense and pass it off as something akin to gospel - including misogynists. Guess who didn't bother to do any research. I'm tempted to put up the C.V.s of both just to show up Kathy Sierra for the parvenu she really is, but it's late, I'm tired and I still have more to do before a long day tomorrow.
Perhaps it was being outed as a feminazi that pissed her right off. Again, props to Joey for the stirling effort of wading through Sierra's interminable swill to get to the bottom of what's really on Sierra's mind.
Sorry about the quality of that link, but it's the best I can do under the circumstances.
Now, perhaps Joey was being a tad scathing of Sierra - reading one page of her blog will do that to a person with more smarts than a garden snail - but you can see the context, if not the picture, of the comment about the noose...
The only thing Kathy has to offer me is that noose in her own neck sizeFor those too lazy to make clickage, here it is in full context...
Do any of you twits hang out in chat rooms (non-twitter;) anyplace? I need to kick back and talk to actually (sic) enjoyable people instead of the twerps I was with today. Don’t ask: basically, it ended up that they wanted …. M O N E Y trying to sell, you guessed it: H A P P I N E S S.
Why didn’t they get it the first time when I said “retired”? That usually is followed by “fixed income”.
…And then my baggy pants fell down at the meat market.
The only thing Kathy has to offer me is that noose in her own neck size
It was a reference to Sierra's harping and carping blog entry of of week 11 of 2007. Read the whole thing here if you're brave or stupid.
Threat? I don't think so.
Taken out of context by Kathy and turned into a massive lie? Absolutely.
I'm not sure yet if I find the BBC's latest output amusing or just plain tragic. It's an abject lesson in making something out of nothing. Again, there is no by-line.
I don't hide behind anonymity and since I started doing this sort of thing in 2001, I have never hidden behind anonymity. If I'm going to call someone a cunt, they're going to know it's me that's doing it.