I don’t know whether to be amused, frightened, or pissed off. I alternate mainly between amused and pissed off. I suppose the admins couldn’t say if they’ve heard from this clown, but what’s been the SOP for legal threats over posts in the past? Can this jerk actually get a thread removed and/or initiate legal action based on the opinion of someone via a message board post?
He had someone else try to get me to delete the post a few weeks ago. On March 13, I got this private message:
In both cases I told them that a poster could not delete their own posts. I didn’t engage with them beyond that.
Hey, it’s not my fault it’s so high in Google searches. Blame Google.
The IM was from “heidib” and he is associated with a Heidi B Myers so if it was someone impersonating him they went to extra effort to make it all appear realistic.
He stands almost no chance of having an opinion about him taken offline and sure didn’t do much to help himself by reviving the issue after over 7 years passed.
He would have better luck contacting Google (and by better luck I mean they won’t do it either, but he won’t be bugging us) Even if he somehow managed to threaten his way into having it taken off the Dope or even Google it would still live forever in the internet archives, bloggers and rebloggers, clone sites that repost all the messages here, etc.
It is part of internet history now that someone thought he acted like an asshole at the 2007 Oscars. He’s just going to have to carry on somehow despite this.
Seems to me that you didn’t even really say anything that bad about him, either. It was other sites and reporters that you quoted, who witnessed him do it and brought it up first, that were at the core of your post.
If they haven’t contacted the site about this, then I wouldn’t worry about it. AFter all, as you have stated, you have no control over what is posted after it’s done and no ability to have a posting removed. ALso, if this person was serious they would send a “lawyer letter” to your home address and make their intent clear.
As long the posting wasn’t libelous and the same information can be found on other sites or other places on the Internet, I wouldn’t worry about it. I would ignore it until either Straight Dope contacts you about the posting or you receive a notification offline.
Then I would suggest having a brief chat with an attorney with regard to your options.
The OP could offer to meet Minkler in Bangkok, then I could have a motorcycle taxi driver take it from there. I haven’t lived here this long without knowing how to have a motorcycle taxi driver, er, “take care of things.”