Long-time readers will know that I’m involved with the nms project. This is a project which writes simple software that people can use on their web sites if they want guestbooks, forms that get emailed to them and all that very Web 1.0 stuff. It’s a nice thing that we’ve done. We’ve created something and donated it to the internet.
The programs are all open source. Anyone can download our software and use it pretty much wherever and however they want. We usually have no involvement at all if someone uses one of our programs. We’re most likely to get involved if something goes wrong. This can take two forms. Either the web site owner experiences problems setting up the program or, surprisingly often, the web site owner fails to notice that anything is wrong and it’s a visitor who discovers that the site is broken. The error page for many of the programs contains a link to our web site so a lot of the complaints come to us (who can do nothing about it) rather than the web site owners (who could probably fix it). That was a mistake. We should have made the programs so that the error page gave you the email address of someone who could help.
But it means that I get occasional email from very angry people who have been disappointed by a web site that uses one of our programs. I found this in my inbox this morning.
FUCK YOU, YOU BLOCKING BASTARDS
I don’t know who the hell you are, and I don’t care.
YOU are actively blocking my transmissions and receipts on the internet, and you can GO TO HELL.
YOU are the reason that millions of people are protesting all over the world, you ‘information funneling PRICKS’!.
Can’t you twits get a job in the REAL ‘private sector’, like cleaning toilets?
In closing, I would like to say, FUCK YOU TO HELL.
Tell STADMILLER to get fucked, as well, if he is ‘going along’ with this shit.
HE is still pissed that GCN still exists, isn’t he?
MAYBE he is pissed that I warned him about his on-air reference a couple of years ago to hanging the Congress by lightposts in D.C.,…
You are playing ‘the game’, and you will be held accountable.
How does that go, again?
‘WE ARE ANONYMOUS.
‘WE ARE LEGION.
‘WE DO NOT FORGET.
‘WE CANNOT FORGIVE.
Something like that, isn’t it?
NO HARD FEELINGS, JUST THE FACTS.
[name redacted on the offchance that it’s not a pseudonym]
I have absolutely no idea what he is talking about. The link goes to a web site that has a broken configuration of one of our programs. I can’t even be sure which one it is as the site owner has renamed it. I did what I always do in such situations. I replied politely and explained the situation. I told him that if he explained exactly what the problem was then I would do what I could to put him in touch with someone who runs the site in question. Often this approach leads to an apology for the original rudeness. Which is nice.
But it’s not much fun living in a world where you can do a nice thing like giving away software and that opens you up to abuse like this.