This is, I hope, my final followup to earlier pieces on reactions to Jason Sanford’s post identifying hate-speech and similar posts in a specific forum of Baen’s Bar, Politics, and the subsequent DisCon action in removing Baen’s leader, Toni Weisskopf, as an Editor Guest of Honor. I want to address a specific phenomenon, which is writers punching people who displease them via their readers, which has been directed at Jason Sanford.

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When a writer publicly calls someone out, they need to be aware of all of the implications, including the fact that the more popular the writer, the more devastating…


In the few days since I first spoke about the furor evoked by Jason Sanford’s criticism of a specific subforum of Baen’s Bar, the discussion boards sponsored by Baen Books, for encouraging armed insurrection and white supremacy, a good bit has happened*.

One notable outcome is that DisCon has removed Toni Weisskopf as a Guest of Honor, making this statement:

DisCon III condemns the violent and hostile content found within Baen Books’ forums. We also cannot condone the fact such content was enabled and allowed to ferment for so long. We want to make it clear abusive behavior is not…


A few days ago writer Jason Sanford published an investigative report into what was happening on the discussion boards known as “Baen’s Bar,” run by the fantasy and science fiction publisher Baen Books, specifically in its Politics group, where people were posting in support of the Jan 6 coup attempt and suggesting ways it could be better organized and executed. Baen, as well as some authors, replied. Others replied to them. Now I’m weighing in too.

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To put this in context, let me say: I have decades of experience with online moderation. I have been a moderator on three lively…


I haven’t written that many Christmas stories, but I adore Dickens. Here’s my riff on the idea of Christmas ghosts, which was originally published for my Patreon supporters.

(And hey, if you’re interested in writing flash fiction, my on-demand class on it from the Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers is $5 through Jan 1, 2021 when you use this link.)


The Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers started because of outrage, curiosity, and a love of teaching. I’d been teaching part-time for a community college and when I looked at what I was getting paid versus what the students were getting charged, I thought the discrepancy was pretty big, even when I factored in the support system and structure the college provided.

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Google Hangouts had just started, and when I looked at the feature, it occurred to me that it was pretty well suited for a small class. I was curioous how that might work, and so I put the word…

Cat Rambo

World Fantasy and Nebula-nominated speculative fiction writer/editor. I read and write a lot.

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