Prominent blogger Kathy Sierra has called on the blogosphere to combat the culture of abuse online.
It follows a series of death threats which have forced her to cancel a public appearance and suspend her blog.
Ms Sierra described on her blog how she had been subject to a campaign of threats, including a post that featured a picture of her next to a noose.
The police are investigating while the blogosphere has launched its own enquiry.
One of the issues raised is the question of how women bloggers are treated online.
Ms Sierra, author of popular blog Creating Passionate Users, began receiving death threats four weeks ago.
Since going public on the issue, she has been overwhelmed by the support she has received.
“I agonised about making this post but I hoped it would start a dialogue,” she told the BBC News website. …
… She said she was questioning whether she would ever post again, saying she did not want to be a part of a blogosphere where such threats could be made.
Apologising to those expecting to hear her speak at the ETech conference, she called on them to enter the debate.
“If you want to do something about it, do not tolerate the kind of abuse that includes threats or even suggestions of violence (especially sexual violence). Do not put these people on a pedestal. Do not let them get away with calling this “social commentary”, “protected speech”, or simply “criticism”,” she said on her blog.
Kathy Sierra’s own account is here.