I always try to be friendly when I meet people at conferences and stuff — maybe I should stop, it’s probably contributing to this horrible “teddy bear” reputation I’ve been afflicted with — but every once in a while I hear some report, usually from someone with a demonstrated hatred of me already, that I was unkind to some stranger somewhere, and that I’m just generally an awful person to people. I’m always baffled by these complaints, because I honestly do not recall ever blowing someone off.
But Rebecca Watson seems to have the knack for exposing such nonsense. She was recently accused of cruelly rebuffing a couple of fans by going all Heather and Mean Girl on them, and by the claim that there was an email trail showing this behavior. And what does Watson do? She pulls out the email herself, and shows there was no such behavior. Entirely the opposite, actually.
Which means, I think, that by so devastatingly revealing the truth of the story, that she was even more mean.