The difference, in what we in the cheap seats can do, is between saying, "Harlan Ellison is nasty! We hate Harlan Ellison!" and saying, "Please do not invite Harlan Ellison to be any part of presentations at this function in the future. The knowledge that Harlan Ellison was going to be on stage would make me less likely to attend or publicize any event."
That was the thought I was trying to express... and it's become obvious I did it very poorly. My statement was more of a reaction to some, er, more direct expressions of discontent. that these were in other blogs only adds to the disconnect. (I'm frankly at a loss now trying to remember why I posted that here .
-- Steve's fine with presentations to committees; less so to shipping deceased gophers to Ellison.