The comments offended me greatly.
His life and future were ruined in defense of copyright law and JSTOR's prerogative to make money and punish anyone trying to interfere. I'm not defending what he did as being legal, despite my personal view of the situation. I disagreed with the methods and actions taken against him as a result.
They could have just pulled a Napster and sued the crap out of him. He seemed brilliant enough to have worked off the debt somehow, and he'd still be here writing, speaking out. Instead they martyred him and then dropped the case due to bad press, so what was the point?
So to say that his suicide was proof of some inner weakness is disrespectful. Facing a prison sentence for non violent crime is a bigger deal than "under pressure" implies. Not to mention all the people who attempt or commit suicide for other reasons. Are they weak to you, too?
Which brings me to the other comment dragging up his sexual history as "demons". So he was bi or pan and didn't feel the need to choose a label. He wrote a blog post pointing out that historically sex was something one did, rather than defining who one is, and frankly I think that view makes sense. At least it made sense for him, and nothing in that post read to me as indicative of inner turmoil over it. Don't assume because someone is having casual sex, and that some of those interactions are same-sex, that the person is acting out or confused somehow. You're filtering someone else's life and choirs through your own assumptions and personal (likely externally imposed) code.
By linking that in their comment, the commenter seemed to be implying that he committed suicide because of personal issues rather than because of his legal situation. I found it unnecessary and inappropriate. Granted, I can't say what is on anyone's mind in those final moments, but it seems clear that the decision was prompted by the legal situation he was in. Really, though, if if were true that it was about issues, comments like that are part of the problem.
So great job internet guys for failing to respect someone on the anniversary of his death while pretending to care. #AaronSwartz