I know this subject has been covered a lot in the last week but I’ve been on vacation and am just getting around to reading a lot of the various opinions on what happened to Kathy Sierra and other items that somehow relate.
At some point I came across this post by Tim Bray where he asks his readers the question(s):
A couple of years ago I and another person were talking this over and proposed a scenario: suppose one of Hani’s victims were mugged by four or five random hoodlums and beaten up severely, while the hoodlums made witty and amusing remarks to entertain the passers-by and watchers. Would the violence be OK because of the leavening with humor? I don’t think so. So why is what Hani does OK?
Obviously the physical violence would not be OK. What a stupid question to pose. Any rightly-thinking individual knows this situation would not be OK. Why is what Hani does OK? Because he isn’t:
- Committing an act of physical violence.
- Threatening any acts of physical violence.
At the worst he’s offending someone’s sensibilities.
Is it really that hard to understand how the Bile Blog is nothing like the situation Kathy Sierra has found herself in? The swearing is Hani’s shtick. I don’t happen to think it’s too funny but I also don’t think he needs to end it. Please Tim…think a bit before posting that stuff.
Regarding Kathy Sierra…I have been reading Creating Passionate Users for years and love what she has to say. The Head First books are also excellent. I understand that she has been really shaken up but to stop blogging because of turds like the ones responsible for the material that shook her up isn’t the right solution. Kathy you are providing a valuable service to a lot of people. Please don’t let these asshats (thanks Hani) keep you from doing the great job you’ve been doing for years now.
One last thought: if the so-called “A-listers” are all like Chris Locke God help us.