It seems to me that there is a significant difference between maintaining internet anonymity to prevent being harassed, vs. anonymity used to enable harassment. But this distinction is routinely ignored, especially by the harassers, who just lump violating either into the category of the most sacrilegious of all internet violations, the total desecration of the holiest principle of all communication, doxxing. I suspect the only reason that “doxxing” has been elevated to such a sacred level of knee-jerk abhorrence is not out of some virtuous desire to protect the innocent, but entirely to protect the guilty.
So we now have a situation where there is a hierarchy of crimes, with “revealing the identity of a troll” at the very top of the list, followed by “giving a damn about social justice” just below that, and somewhere near the bottom, “threatening to rape and murder a woman and her family”. It’s upside down. It needs a polarity reversal.
The current ass-backwards attitude leads to deranged nonsense like this.
— srh (@srhbutts) December 12, 2014
Feminists, don’t repost death threats you receive. It’s clear you do not feel threatened and just want to force #gamergate to look bad.
Making #gamergate look bad: the worst. Threatening to murder people: just having fun, shut up and accept it.
I agree completely with Rebecca Watson. Sometimes doxxing is bad, if you’re using it to harm someone. Sometimes doxxing is good, if you’re exposing some rotten slime that has been skulking about trying to harm people. Don’t go out of your way to hunt down and reveal the identities of random anonymous posters, but if someone is using their anonymous account to make life miserable for others, yes: dox the hell out of ’em. Make them take responsibility for their actions. For several years now I’ve had that notice on my blog that sending threats to me risks getting your address and IP number published, and I’ll add that if I get the names of any of the assholes — and there are many of them — who have been engaged in the long-running pattern of hostile harassment of women and minorities in the atheist movement, I won’t have the slightest compunction about posting that information.