Posted: Nov 02, 2014 3:35 pm
by Nicko
Thomas Eshuis wrote:
Thommo wrote:
Thomas Eshuis wrote:
Thommo wrote:

Often, that's exactly the best thing to do, and what legal authorities will advise, after having the complaints directed their way.

Contacting legal authorities =/= ignoring the situation, so you've refuted your own point.
More-over public awareness and discussion can affect (sub)cultures.

No, I haven't contradicted myself, you're just engaged in point scoring rather than conversation.

You did. You just said it's best to ignore it and trust the legal authorities. But the legal authorities won't do anything unless they're first informed. Which requires action, rather than ignoring.

Thommo wrote:There's a world of difference between taking death threats to the authorities, then going on with your life in the knowledge there's no real danger compared to visiting various journalists and news channels and publicising those death threats and talking repeatedly and publicly about how you were terrified out of your home.

And how do you know there's no real danger?

Thommo wrote:There's a world of difference between endorsing law enforcement and every single public conversation regarding potential sexism in gaming being dominated by discussion of death threats and internet trolls.

These goings on are worse than merely wrong, or misrepresentative, they are boring.

Yep, especially when presented in such a black and white hyperbole.

There is a difference between contacting an agency with the power to hunt some abusive motherfucker down and jumping on Twitter to tell everyone how oppressed you are.

Good essay on Interwebz threats here.

TotalBiscuit wrote:I understand receiving death threats can be frightening and I don't blame anyone who acts out of emotion when it happens, but please understand that the people that send these are looking to do maximum damage to as many people as possible. Think very carefully before enabling their behavior.