Trashing ‘creating passionate users’

Today I trashed Creating Passionate Users from my bloglines feeds – holy mother that sucks.

Those who have followed the blog know that Kathy Sierra had some nastier-than-usual trolls in her audience whose words and actions seemed to be threats against Kathy’s physical and emotional wellbeing. You can find the details on Wikipedia. Most of the issues were resolved reasonably amicably in the subsequent firestorm of media and blogosphere attention.

To be honest, however, I’m really disappointed that she totally dropped the blog after this incident. I can’t help but feel there was an act of surrender here, a capitulation.

I say this knowing that I’m not really aware of what she personally went through, and at risk of causing even more pain. I don’t want it to be seen that way and I don’t wish anything but the best for Kathy Sierra.

She is her own person and needs to do what’s best for her. My opinions are my own and probably should mean nothing to her. But it sure feels like she raised the white flag.

And I can’t help but be disappointed by that.