To Shewolf (and the forum at-large):
I read this post with great interest as I've been on Abuzz and A2K for almost all of the time that both of the forums have been in existence. As an aside, I will say that I've clashed with Miller on a few occasions - mostly all of which occured on Abuzz.
As Shewolf wrote, I think it's valuable to discriminate or distinguish between the individual person and the online personna. It's is easy to post some thoughts and make comments and have a visceral but not-well-thought-out responses to someone else's writings. It's a whole other story to imagine that you know something significant about the person themselves.
When I came to A2K I pretty much ignored Miller. Those weighty HC issues, as I viewed them on most threads, I chose to look up myself with OTHER online resources or talk about with esteemed professional friends and acquaintances in the HC field. I don't rely on this forum to make medical decisions for me..or even shape my understanding of those weighty medical issuses and/or ethical matters involving HC industry. The fact that she was correct ior incorrect or insensitive didn't faze me. I just didn't see the need to be involved. Why give more importance, credence or attention to someone who you may not enjoy? That just baffles me.
That being said, I object to what I see as character assasination. Not that at times with some individuals stern criticism isn't worthwhile and useful; however, IMHO, I think the best thing to do when you have animosity towards someone on a forum is either deal with it 1-on-1 or ignore them. When it gets personal and public as someone really gets into using the public forum as a whipping post, then it invites a "piling on". That sort of piling on, when it should occur, doesn't serve the community well. We are a community, aren't we?
Or is this forum just a bunch of contributors on an anonymous forum with no sense of community at all? Perhaps, it's a case of different people having differing perceptions of what a community is..and what an online forum is or should be?
I tend to look at this as a community, though, I admit to having gotten a bit personal in my past, but I feelthat I matured as a community member. Perhaps, others choose not to, which is their right. The community often suffers when more of those who don't feel the citizenship in the community, choose to pile on someone who they feel a need for some harsh public criticism. I choose differently.
Koombabya, my lord....koomabaya.