Why Trolls Attack!

For many years, I’ve worked as a tech­ni­cal edi­tor and writer. As a result, I’ve had the priv­i­lege of proof­read­ing the work of some tru­ly bril­liant, high­ly edu­cat­ed peo­ple. I’ve also had to write high­ly tech­ni­cal mate­r­i­al that was then reviewed by experts. The review process is usu­al­ly cor­dial and intel­lec­tu­al­ly stim­u­lat­ing. Edu­cat­ed peo­ple are gen­er­al­ly grate­ful when you fix their typos and their dan­gling par­tici­ples. They tend to be tough but fair when crit­i­ciz­ing your writ­ing. They gen­er­al­ly stick to a ratio­nal dis­cus­sion of facts. So I was unpre­pared for the kind of com­ments I got from the gen­er­al pub­lic after I start­ed blog­ging.

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