I’ve always said that anybody posting here will enjoy complete anonymity—unless they say something that I perceive as a physical threat to myself or any of my readers. That happened yesterday for the first time, so I’m putting up complete information about someone who was acting like a threatening bully.
It started on the free will post yesterday, when “John Witton” left a comment:
That point, of course, could have been made without the rudeness, something I pointed out in a response:
But soon after, the posts by John Witton began coming quickly, and escalating to the point where I felt they constituted threats.
There are two responses to my requests for apologies when either I or my readers are insulted. About half the people apologize, which I appreciate and allow the person to continue commenting. But about half the time the people get nastier, and it escalates as I don’t allow their rancor to be posted. Some people, I guess, think they have the right to be as rude as they want on the internet, and bear no consequences.
That doesn’t fly here, for, as I’ve always emphasized, I try to allow discussion here without anyone insulting other commenters—or me. Please behave in this forum as if you were having a conversation in my living room, and that means don’t diss the host or the other guests. I try to enforce this, but sometimes things slip through (I try to read all comments but occasionally miss some).
At any rate, John Witton appeared to lose it, and I append below two of the comments he submitted next. They seem unhinged and threatening, and I am also putting his IP information and email. He appears to reside in Canada.
I am putting this up to see a). if anyone has more information on the person, and b). for the record, in case he goes after (or has gone after) anyone else.
I will try to formulate the rules for posting and find a way to attach them permanently to this site, but in the meantime be aware that the #1 rule is civility. If you post as if you’re discussing these matters in my living room, you’ll be fine.
Here are Witton’s attempts at commenting:
More information about John Witton
IP: 188.8.131.52, 209-195-83-16.cpe.distributel.net