Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Jul 2012 23:07 UTC
Legal Since I want to get this out of my system: here's a set of proposals to fix (okay, replace) the current failing patent system. No lengthy diatribe or introduction, just a raw list.
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by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 6th Jul 2012 21:01 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
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Not getting in to rude arguments with his/her readers would help too!

Imagine being pounded with abrasive comments, ungratefulness, ridiculous unfounded accusations of bias towards and against every company and product known to man, insults about a supposed lack technical knowledge (even though I've covered more subjects than virtually ANY other tech blogger out there, and all that, FOR FREE), and far sicker and crazier stuff over e-mail - including personal threats to me and my family - for 7 years straight.

I'm going to be direct at times, yes. Fascinatingly enough, it's always the same people, over and over again, year after year, who complain. Nobody is forcing them to read a site they apparently don't like.

Everybody is free to contribute. We have an open door policy. Yet, these people never do. They are far more content just hurling personal attacks from the sidelines than actually doing something constructive. That's fine - it's your prerogative - but don't start crying if you get a biting remark in return every now and then.

Edited 2012-07-06 21:03 UTC

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by MOS6510 on Sat 7th Jul 2012 07:27 in reply to "RE[4]: ..."
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Wouldn't it be much easier just to ignore those people?

I can understand you'd like to strike back when people attack you, certainly if it's unfounded, but it doesn't help and just makes things worse.

If you really want to reply in such a case do it politely. It makes you look more intelligent. When you explain the how and the why people can take it or leave it, but if you're rude or insulting you just provoke more nasty replies.

Now I know I haven't always been overly nice to you, but I do appriciate the time and energy you put in and know a lot of people fail to understand this.

To have an extra active person on board would help, the site and you personally.

I am a bit shocked about personal threaths against you and your family. Time for an aangifte.

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