Well, chalk up another attempt at trying to cause me RL harm for what arguments I get into online.
The first time I experienced this was over at James McGrath's little hate-blog, where one of his regulars - with the silent approval of McGrath himself - started to awkwardly drop hints about what he was convinced my RL self was, saying how maybe 'my employers' would be interested in knowing about the views I share online, and how I'd best keep my mouth shut if I at all care about such things. McGrath, meanwhile, let that go on because I denied they had my RL details, and he 'thought that settled the matter.'
McGrath also, prior to this, started to opine how he wish people could get some RL ramifications for what they say online, as he think it'd do a fine job of people people civil.
Fast-forward to today, where I was continuing a conversation with Karl Grant over at Victor Reppert's blog. Not exactly a pleasant conversation - there was namecalling on Karl's side, and a heavy dose of animosity on mine. When suddenly Bob Prokop decides to speak up, announcing what he thought was my RL name to everyone.
No context. No prompting. Just suddenly the equivalent of, 'Crude's RL name is (x)!'
Surprise - Bob's not exactly smart, and he misread a comment on my blog, mistakenly thinking my RL name had been mentioned. Naturally, the first thing he does with this information is drop it in the middle of a conversation, and when someone corrects him, fumblingly mention how it was a mistake but, darnit, he thinks everyone would be so much more POLITE if their RL details were shared.
Without going further, let me clearly state: of all the shit I've had thrown my way, I consider this sort of thing the absolute lowest. That, ladies and gentlemen, is called doxing. It's nasty, reprehensible shit, something I do not engage in with even Cultists of Gnu. The closest I came to it was outing Blue Devil Knight's sockpuppet fake-Christian alt, and even then, I only outed his known comment handle. Even with Cultists of Gnu I find reprehensible, I've never dabbled in that, because I find it tremendously foul.
It should come as no surprise that Bob Prokop is, of course, a progressive. A nice little 'Gosh I am just so happy to live in the bluest of the blue states because God and the DNC are basically operating hand in hand in my lunatic world' sort.
I write all this, to a degree, to communicate a lesson. If I seem uniquely animated when I talk about progressives, just as I tend to be when talking about the Cult of Gnu, it isn't because of their mere opinions. I have little ire for someone on account of their believing God does not exist, their lack of belief in God, their belief that the world would be better with this safety net for people, and so on. It's their attitude, their behavior, their general irrationality, and in particular the shit they'll pull when dealing with someone they disagree with.
The funny thing is? The last time I had a conversation with Bob - where I was stone-facedly arguing against him, pointing out inconsistencies in his position - he announced that he no longer wanted to discuss politics. My response? I said, 'Alright' and dropped it on the spot. I was willing to bury the whole thing, without so much as a last word given on my part, out of civility, and yes, some amount of mercy. I largely considered Bob to be a sad specimen, a loyal political party lifer who had grown disillusioned as the progressive movement rose around him, no longer permitting his sort to be anything but an open pro-abortion, pro-gay-marriage traitor to his Church. I had sympathy for him.
His response is to try and dox me at the first opportunity.
If ever you wonder, 'Gee Crude, why is it you'll talk with atheists, mormons, hindus, pagans, scientologists, muslims, jews, anarchists and more with default civility, but the moment you catch wind that someone is a progressive or they're big fans of Dawkins, your respect for them goes in the toilet?', consider this a small piece of additional evidence for the pile I've accumulated over the years.
In very extreme cases, I believe in what amounts to political profiling - you can tell you're dealing with a rat-virtued person by the political movements they align themselves with.
Edit: Bob Prokop is saying that he had no intention of trying to out me. I find the timing, and the context, pretty suspicious. But I also have a hunch that I went too fast on this one - so I'm backing off and withdrawing the accusation. I'm also keeping the post up as a reminder to remain civil when I deal with bullshit like this.