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Come on, guys. It is just a phone. We all love a good debate, and it is great to share opinions, but our friend Ashley should never have to feel threatened. Why must you take it so personal if anyone buys anything? We are tech bloggers/journalists and trust me, the last thing you would want is a one-sided, closed-minded reporter.

But that is aside form the point. There is no reason why you should ever even reach a point in which you make each other feel insulted, or even threatened. Is it that you are more loyal to your gadgets than you are to being a good human being? Or do you love your devices more than you like awesome people like +Ashley Esqueda ?

I asked her before if she would come to MobileCON and she didn't know, nor did she know if she would attend the Big Android BBQ. I didn't ask more because I assumed it was something else; you know, we all have a life and personal matters to attend to. Now I understand what was going on... it is really a shame that some of our fellow Android enthusiasts have fallen to this. 
 
When I post things like that +Chris Pirillo article, I don't think you guys understand my intent. I want to be clear on this:

Last week, I ordered an iPhone 5 as a second line. And I was ridiculed, berated, called an "iWhore," told they hoped for my DEATH or threatened me with bodily harm. Over a cell phone. 

I'm not attending the Android BBQ this year because of it. Which bums me out, because I kind of wanted to see my friends there. But I'm not going to risk being assaulted, because I work in technology. 

It shocks and upsets me that a community I've always championed would treat a member of it so cruelly.

The fact of the matter is this: When I bought my HTC EVO LTE (or my SGS2, or my EVO4G, or my SGS3, or my Nexus 7, or my Galaxy Tab 10.1), I didn't get a single comment from the iOS community with those kinds of comments. No Apple Genius said "u r a TRATOR" or "ur the dumbest bitch ever." It was radio silence. Apple fanboys might be smug, or sanctimonious, or whatever else you might want to call them -- but the one thing they they AREN'T are the kinds of people who are sending me messages like the ones I've gotten in the past week.

As much as anyone out there might read this post and think, "I didn't do those things, so I have no responsibility to stop others from doing so," I've seen it encouraged and amplified to the point of insanity. 

Civil discourse is great. Criticism is great. Sociopathy over some circuit boards and tiny screens is not great. 

And no, I'm not opening comments on this, because I don't feel like being verbally abused by some of you today.
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I'm just tired. I'm so, so tired of not speaking up for myself. There's this insane stigma that I'm "being a girl" or "too sensitive" about this bullying. But nobody's out there calling +Joshua Topolsky a whore and wishing his face gets disfigured from an iPhone explosion (at least not that I know of). 
 
It really is ridiculous. Not once did it cross my mind that this was what was happening. I mean it is really sad, and when it comes to something like this, you shouldn't stay quiet. I mean this is really an issue. 

And by the way, if you still want to come to the events, we will all gather up and serve as your bodyguards. I am sure the guys would be down - I know I am! 
 
Nah. I'm just gonna stay home this year. I think I'm too mad to really attend at this point and have a decent time. But I really, really appreciate the offer. 
 
You know you have our support. And I am so sorry that this is happening to you. People in the internet can be so senseless.

There are the people that throw insults in the comments and all. By now we are used to seeing that, but should we? I mean we are all "reasonable" people here. I know we wouldn't be insulting each other if we were having a debate in person. It just upsets me that it had to get to this extent for you. 
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