Indeed. I saw your thread. I lurked a lot of it, actually. XD
As far as I know, the CEO (any maybe other Gaia Staff) have received such threats. Sadly, it's come to that point with a lot of users on various social networking sites, and it just takes a few crazy ones to stir the pot before things totally get out of hand. I don't condone it. It's a vial act that I wish never was acted upon, because I doubt those people making the threats would like the tables turned on them.
Users are going to ask as they do for various reasons. If some are going to be jerks, then it takes the opposite to stand up and make the right choices.
I was happy to stick up for your friend, because that was the right thing to do. I don't appreciate that kind of back-talk to users, in general, so when the OP decided to leave because of the harsh comments, I felt it was right to stick up and just say that we don't know the circumstances of other users. To assume and place discredit on them because we don't agree with their opinion, is absurd.
Fact is, we're all hurting. Some more than others, and we need to come together to make the site enjoyable again, because the Staff (not all) aren't going to do it.