I haven’t got strong feelings on the RichardDawkins.net forum shutdown. Dawkins is right that people were dicks to him and his staff, but the self-righteousness of this opening to his announcement doesn’t engender sympathy:
Imagine that you, as a greatly liked and respected person, found yourself overnight subjected to personal vilification on an unprecedented scale, from anonymous commenters on a website.
Yes, let us all try to imagine someone being mean on the web …
Gee that was easy. Not even that hard to imagine someone talking trash about “a greatly liked and respected person.” Especially, I must say, if that person has a history of vilifying his own opponents.