I have to put those quotation marks around the vocabulary 'privacy' because there is an actual question whether Google legally classifies your email address as private.
Why I am posting here is because I really am wondering what sort of opinion regular folks might have of this event.
I suppose a volunteer on the Support Staff was so frustrated with me that he just couldn't control himself and the last post he did before he finished that work session on Friday of last week was to post my email address in a separate post with an odd reference to direct mailing.
5 hours after he did it I became aware of it and about 12 hours after I became aware of it and asked to have it removed it was finally removed. It was up there for about 17 hours.
Of course, there is a thread over there about the whole event. I have not received any apology from any Google employee, nor even the individual that did it, and that same individual has been working in his status as a Rising Star ever since and it seems the event is viewed as a non-event by the Google employee that is responsible for those volunteers. I only draw that conclusion because that volunteer is still in his usual role on the site. It gives the impression that Google, at that level of management, does not care.
So I am posting here to ask the opinion of folks that have the time to read this and that further have the time to post an answer: What do you make of this event?
Should I be upset?
I might add one further note; I kept the individual's identity off the board in the main thread where the event has been discussed, until about 24 hours ago. It finally got too much to have people posting that they needed details and people sending me messages asking for detail and so on. So I finally showed the public there what the screenshot looked like with my email account name removed, of course. There is no doubt about the act being malicious. It is obvious.
I do not remember what the rules are here about posting links, so if the admin/moderator allows me to do so, I will provide a link to a thread over there that covers the whole business.
Thank you, everyone, for your attention.