Bullying [was Re: To whoever hacked into my Database]

Ian Kelly ian.g.kelly at gmail.com
Wed Nov 13 15:22:15 CET 2013

On Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 8:40 PM, Steven D'Aprano <steve at pearwood.info> wrote:
> Is "bullying" the new "terrorism", which in turn is the new "socialism"?
> That is, a meaningless term of opprobrium used on anything you don't
> like? That's what it sounds like to me.
> Nikos has practically no power in this community. He's one person,
> friendless in this community, with no social standing. His position is
> way down the bottom of what little pecking order a bunch of geeks has.
> Nobody looks up at him for guidance or for hints as to what sort of
> behaviour is acceptable. He has no Python know-how to withhold from those
> he doesn't approve of (or inclination to help others). He can't even
> force anyone to read his comments. I say this not to make him out to be
> the victim here, he is at least equally responsible for the position he
> is in, but to highlight the absurdity of claiming he is "bullying"
> anywhere here.
> Just because (generic) you are annoyed by Nikos, or even if your feelings
> are hurt because he called you a bad name or insulted your dead mother,
> doesn't mean you are the victim of bullying. Claiming the badge of
> victimhood for mild annoyances and hurt feelings is one of the least
> admirable parts of the politically-correct crowd, please don't emulate
> them.

Well put.  If I had seen your response earlier, I would not have
written my own, because yours was much better written and more to the

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