I just received the following threat in private email from Jeff Atwood.
I have no intention of corresponding privately with Mr Atwood, so I reproduce his message here.
Mr Atwood starts with a greeting "Hi Robin". His bogus familiarity is neither deserved nor welcome. He accuses me of leaving multiple comments. I do not leave multiple comments. I write comments one at a time and end by pressing the "add comment" button. Mr Atwood also accuses me of protesting. I presume what Mr Atwood is referring to is the fact that since September the commenting system has been malfunctioning. When one proceeds to a new line the system inputs what one has already entered even though one has not pressed the "add comment" button. This behaviour interferes with my natural and intuitive method for entering text. I did try to change my ways to fit in, but I am a creature of habit and I keep pressing enter without being conscious of it. Moreover this peculiar behaviour is not explained in the math.stackexchange faq, so comes as a total surprise to users.
When I raised this point in meta, I was directed to this thread from which I learnt that this undocumented change in behaviour was deliberate sabotage from the SE hierarchy and the majority opinion is that it is undesirable. So Mr Atwood, please repair this vandalism and ensure that only the "add comment" button submits the comment.
That said, there have been other instances of vandalism from the SE hierarchy, notably the sabotage of the CW system. A questioner can no longer tick the CW box; if he/she wants the thread CW he/she must entreat the moderators; this is a waste of their time.
Also Mr Atwood equates my comments to "noise" and "harm"; this is gratuitous abuse. He also alleges that moderators need to "clean up" after me. There is no need for the moderators to do anything.
I take no pleasure in writing posts like this. All I want to do here is to read and write mathematics. I do find the smooth running of the site suffers from apparently capricious decisions taken far away from math.stackexchange.
Please do not intentionally leave multiple comments as a form of protest on http://math.stackexchange.com (or the meta site). Your feelings on this matter have been duly noted; vandalizing the site to prove a point is not helping.
- it creates noise on the site, harming the experience for the community
- it creates needless work for moderators who have to clean up
If you continue to do this, your account will be placed in timed suspension.
Added (9/12/2010) I append a further email from Mr Atwood. Note that despite his attempts to moderate his tone, his threats continue. Can I ask Mr Atwood to cease spamming my private email, to fix the self-induced problems with the commenting system, and not to throw around bogus accusations of harm.
I apologize if you found my previous email offensive, it was not intended to be offensive. Let me try again.
I have no issues at all with your overall behavior on math.se, the only specific issue I have is with the multiple incomplete comments you've been entering over the last two months or so. I have manually merged all of your comments together, and I documented some of the community reaction to your incomplete comments here:
Intentionally and repeatedly entering multiple incomplete comments instead of a single complete comment is harmful to the community, and sets a bad example for everyone.
I respectfully ask you to refrain from this behavior in the future, otherwise further action -- including timed suspension -- will be necessary on my part.