This is just wrong. Kathy Sierra, who writes the excellent “Creating Passionate Users” blog claims to have received death threats, on her own blog, and others:
“As I type this, I am supposed to be in San Diego, delivering a workshop at the ETech conference. But I’m not. I’m at home, with the doors locked, terrified. For the last four weeks, I’ve been getting death threat comments on this blog. But that’s not what pushed me over the edge. What finally did it was some disturbing threats of violence and sex posted on two other blogs… blogs authored and/or owned by a group that includes prominent bloggers… “
Freedom of speech is one thing. Threats of violence – if that’s what this turns out to be – are something else – and certainly illegal, although some of the comments may shine a different light on events.
Hopefully Kathy will keep posting.