(Original post by Mequa)
I received the following message last year which was posted publicly on an online forum (it was up until the user in question removed all content).
I'm wondering whether this sort of thing is best taken seriously, or ignored.
The message (with swears censored) follows:
The above also posted my University details on the same site, including my course of study and location, and alluded to sending defamatory material about me towards my University department.
Another member of the above forum made the following threat:
He also made a crass reference to a medical condition I have, which he found out about, to the effect of ending my life if he ever came across me on the street.
Another member replied to the above:
That later member posted my home address publicly, in the context of such violent threats being sent in my direction, which they obtained through snooping through various online content. (It was 8 years out of date, but the intention was pretty clear.) He also posted my mother's real name (most likely obtained through snooping through my Facebook details).
Another member posted my real name publicly on two Internet forums, including the above one, and openly threatened: "I will take your teeth".
In case you are wondering what the administration on such forums did: They turned a blind eye (as the ones making the threats were both personal friends of the administration and deeply respected members of the site), and in fact joined in, adding their own abuse. One admin repeated my real name after I objected to it being aired publicly, before banning me from the forum as an alleged "troublemaker". (Naturally, nothing was done about additional abuse posted afterwards.) The site owner himself privately told me that he disagreed with my treatment, but didn't wish to object to it as it might make him unpopular among his regulars.
The same members openly bragged about their contempt for the law (and online anonymity), and it is clear that such threats as above constitute a criminal offence in the countries involved. The first member indeed lives on the same continent, and has my general location in case he was inclined to pay a visit. Let's just say I consider many of the above to have sociopathic tendencies.
So, in the light of all the above, how seriously should these threats be taken?
P.S. Excuse "above" in the poll.