I'm breaking with my usual Monday-Friday thing because I think this is important enough to warrant it.
Donna at Musings of a Penniless Writer posted this the other day. I then went and found the thread where all this stemmed from. Essentially, it was an author and an agent ganging up on reviewers over at Goodreads. The behavior, as Donna has said, is NOT ACCEPTABLE.
Exploring the threads and things led me to a few other places, so instead of writing, I was reading. But I think it's worth reading. Two very thoughtful posts, one hysterically funny.
http://meljeanbrook.com/blog/archives/6649 (This is the funny one, go through all five days)
It's a lot of reading, but well worth it, in my opinion.
Most of you who read this blog are in the same boat as me, somewhere on the journey of writing and seeking publication. Some have agents, some do not; some already have book out, most don't. We all hope to be published some day, and when we get there, and the reviews are (hopefully) pouring in, know that some will not be good. Think before you act, folks. The internet gives us the luxury of cooling down before we hit 'post message' or 'send'. Use that time, and remember that what you say will follow you around, like one of those really embarrassing Youtube videos of that time you were drunk....