Farewell to Scott Abrahams

Scott Abrahams, outgoing CEO of Star Observer, makes this timely observation:

When someone in the community finds the courage to take a stand, we bitch about them, belittle them and hide behind the cloak of online anonymity to to take personal swipes at them. I know it is true — I’ve been on the receiving end of plenty of these attacks, and almost every community leader I know has been through the same cycle. They are disturbing, vicious, gutless attacks designed not to further debate, but to hurt and wound. And they do us no favours.

I agree, and I would love to know why we’ve reached this point. Any thoughts?  Thanks, Scott.

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2 thoughts on “Farewell to Scott Abrahams

  1. Anonymity is the pass-card. Dyspeptic, drunk or mean, you can dump on someone else to your heart’s content (if you have one that’s active).

    The ad hominem attacks are sickening. I’ve made 11,000 posts on a local forum over a decade; most in offering mode. After an exchange in which a leading practitioner worked to denigrate me rather than argue the issue on a basis of evidence, and was allowed to do so by the forum mods, guess where I’m now no longer making many contributions.

    • The most amazing development on Facebook at least is the ability to “Unfollow” a post you’ve commented on. Now if it looks like someone is spoiling for a fight, I can leave one comment stating my opinion and then unfollow the post. My feeling is that getting replies out of me is a privilege and it can be lost.

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