Please, stop reading this and go read Kathy Sierra’s Death threats against bloggers are NOT “protected speech” (why I cancelled my ETech presentations). Something is badly out of control and needs to be fixed, urgently. There’s got to be more story to be told. Anyone who is remotely connected with the people doing this needs to dig that story up and tell the community. You can’t cure a disease without a diagnosis.
[Update:] Now I recall why I don’t read Valleywag. They brush this off as a “debate between web geeks” and re-run the lame old joke about academics and low stakes. Unless this is an elaborate spoof, we’re talking about threats of violent sexual abuse and death. Valleywag is contemptible.