Yesterday’s blog entry reported on an e-mail that I sent to the Morningstar.com site administrator on April 18, 2006, relating to abusive posting by Mel Linduaer (co-author of the book “The Bogleheads Guide to Investing”). I sent a follow-up e-mail later that day. I will report tomorrow on the response that I received from Morningstar.
This is my second response to your e-mail. The earlier response supplied the background facts. This post provides links.
Here is a link to a post put forward by Greaney (he posts as “Intercst.”):
Mark33 asked that the personal attacks stop and that a substantive discussion be permitted. A poster named “Galeno” (this was Greaney’s #1 supporter on the board) put forward four consecutive posts rejecting out of hand the idea of substantive discussion and putting forward threats of physical violence against me. One of these was a threat to come to my house with a baseball bat to kill my wife and children.
The posts making the threats were deleted, but there is a quote to one of the threats in the post linked above. The section quoted reads: ” No way! I, for one, am against any and all “substantive” discussions with or about brickhead (aka hocus). I want Jihad! I say let loose the dogs of personal attack. The nastier the better as far as I’m concerned.” Greaney put forward the post linked above, endorsing the threats.
Here is a link to a post in which Greaney reports that he has received an e-mail from Galeno saying that he was suspended from the board for putting up the posts that made the threats of violence. I did not report the threats. Some other community member obviously did so.
Greaney speaks in opposition to the suspension, implicitly endorsing the threats. This endorsement did far more harm to the board than did the actual threats, as Greaney was founder of the board and respected by a number of community members. A large number of our best posters left in the following months.
This is a link to a post by Prometheuss, another leading Greaney supporter. The post comments on a death threat put forward by Galeno and comments negatively on the fact that the death threat post was removed.
Prometheuss: “My comment on galeno’s post was pulled for ‘incivility’. First, I want to apologize to galeno if he took offense at my ‘rude or discourteous’ post. Saying, “You doctors should stick to your drugs and leave bullets to soldiers like me” was rude and demonstrated a lack of courtesy to galeno on my part. Anyway, I will try to cover the important points I was trying to make in a non-offensive way here. Most folks think they know a lot about guns from watching movies or TV, but things are a lot different in the real world….”
Please let me know if you have further question re this matter or need further examples of the nature of the problem that I was making reference to in the post that I put to the Morningstar board.