I blame mothman.
Note the OP of the thread where that warning was posted.
The lesson: Do not fuck around with mothman.
Also, my Google is broken, apparently. It can find none of the references online to news about a mother and three children being killed by a drunk driver recently. I know that news organizations are usually loathe to cover such morbid stories, but you would think there would be at least one editor somewhere who is callous enough to report on such a tragic event for the mere purpose of attracting readers. Why can’t I fucking find it? Damn Google.
A man’s whole family getting wiped out by a drunk driver is a horrible, horrible tragedy. The Straght Dope community is filled with people who will generously and sincerely offer their condolences and sympathy and advice, and if it is at all in their power to provide actual help in the real world, I am sure that countless members would do so for a stranger at the drop of a hat, on the basis of little more than an anonymous request for help.
That is a wonderful thing. I hate to see anything that would make even a small fraction of such people question their natural instincts to be helpful and supportive, out of fear that maybe they are being played.