@Alstein you're on Qt3 so you've seen the double standards there. You'd think I had somehow earned perosnal abuse through some sort of Derek Smartesq tirade. Every mob has its own rationalization for its deplorable behavior.
Sometimes, it's as simple as a bunch of wannabe authors being ticked off that someone got to write their own book (and incidentally, Random House asked me to write the book, it was by no means a vanity project, it was certainly a marketing decision on RH's house to have the creator of the game write the book too. It took 2 years to write and had multiple RH editors involved the whole time. And yea, I read enough fantasy novels to know that mine isn't horrible. I've had some success in life through my life by being able to objectively evaluate my own work).
The issue with Qt3 was never whether my book was good or not. It's irrelevant. It's that people on a community I've spent a good part of my adult life on would take the time to go out and smear my book. It was really eye opening. These people felt the need to take time out of their day to do something that they knew (or I assume hoped) would make someone else's day a little less pleasant.
But that's the thing, the Internet allows people to be horrible without consequence for them. I was joking to Jason Cross at the Qt3 dinner at GDC "I always wonder why I never see some of those vile jerks at these dinners, I'd love to see them face to face and see if they're aggressive in person." And I go to most of the Qt3 dinners at trade shows if I'm there. (I even have a Qt3 polo).
But of course, those kinds of people never show up at these things. Even back when I ran BBSes in the 80s and hosted get togethers, the most obnoxious "flame warriors" never would show up. I know a few really really big flame warriors who are incredibly passive and quiet in person.
It's easy to shit on someone from remote. It's about the only time that life's weakest links get a chance to have a "level playing field" with people that in the real world, they'd never have access to.
Hence, why most successful people eventually migrate out of forums. Few people have the patience to be told off by some loser who wouldn't make it past a phone interview for an entry level job at their company.