This question resulted in a lengthy discussion between OP and myself, culminating in this comment by OP:

@PieterGeerkens, the whole world in watching you. – George Chen 54 mins ago

I had already flagged the post as likely more suitable for MathOverflow, so cannot flag it again to have his comment dealt with. As I have a very unique name, my address and that of my family is easy to find in Google. This makes me sensitive to what I perceive as potentially being a threat against my person.

Can a moderator please deal with this?

Thank you.

  • I think the commenter most likely was grandstanding with the general meaning of "this is Internet, everyone can read this UBER VERY IMPORTANT POST, so you better not act in such a bad way reflecting poorly on you". Granted, that's just my personal interpretation; I don't mean to denigrade your concerns - just to alleviate your worry.
    – DVK
    Apr 20, 2014 at 23:20
  • @DVK: I accept that possibility - but then "a blatant display of humour" should have accompanied the comment, in accordance with Poe's Law, so that I could understand the message: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe's_law Apr 24, 2014 at 4:35
  • +1 because I share your concern. In mood, tone or timbre, there is no justification for sounding intimidating.
    – Rajib
    Apr 24, 2014 at 18:21

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Thank you Pieter. The issue is being dealt with. This is a good opportunity to mention that all of us should conduct ourselves in a civil and nice manner. From the Help section:

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  • Thank you. P.S. It really is Pieter and not Peter. Apr 16, 2014 at 23:56
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    @PieterGeerkens, my apologies about Peter. My mistake.
    – ihtkwot
    Apr 17, 2014 at 17:36

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