It seems David Kessner has deleted his account. I wonder why. David is a very knowledgeable engineer whose answers (he didn't have to ask questions much) were always interesting to read. I'm sorry he left.
David deleted his account for reasons surrounding the Tony Stewart mess. Here is his explanation in his own words, lightly edited:
My problem was that I was taking the whole Tony Stewart thing way too seriously. I wasn't taking TS, or his comments, seriously. He has been, and always will be, an insignificant troll. But I was taking the whole situation too seriously. And by the "situation", I mean how SE and the mods were handling it and how the other users were reacting to everything.
TS himself is easy to ignore. He is like the kindergartner that tries to insult an adult by saying that the adult eats his/her own snot. The only difference is that TS doesn't ever grow up.
The last straw was some comments by Chris Stratton, The Photon, and some other random users who haven't been on the site very long. Their comments made me realize that we lost the war with TS. TS might not have won, but we certainly lost.
(Important note: The Photon was technically correct in what he said, and I don't fault him for that. Chris Stratton was ideologically challenging.)
And that made me mad. I was mad at everyone - but more mad at myself for letting it get to me. In the grand scheme of things, this is not important at all, and yet I was mad. And this made me even more mad! (I never claimed to be rational, in this regard.)
Then I remembered that I had been in this situation before. About a year ago I was considering leaving EE.SE for similar reasons. But on assurances that things would change, I just took a short break.
So here we are, one year later, and nothing has changed and there is no indications that anything will change. For my own sanity, I had to leave. I'm sorry to say, but EE.SE is not and should not be that important to me or to anyone.
As for "deleting my account just feeds the troll", so what? I am not going to let that sorry excuse for a human being dictate what I do, or how. To let him dictate things would really be letting him win. Remember that I left EE.SE because of the situation around TS, and not TS directly. He may get his jollies off by seeing me leave, but honestly there is little that I can do to affect his behavior in the long-term future (for good or bad). Also, TS is not my responsibility.
So to conclude: I left EE.SE for my own sanity. While there is plenty of blame to go around, the biggest blame goes on myself - for letting the whole situation get to me. In the end, it just wasn't worth it for me to stay.
Nobody knows but him yet. For now it seems his account deletion was his own choice.
There were some abusive and very personal attacks from the site troll directed at him right before he left. They have of course all been deleted. The jist of it is that it seems the situation has gone from trolling to stalking/harassment, directed specifically at David. He was discussing this in chat yesterday, and if it hasn't been deleted yet you can still read about it. There's not much to see at this point.
Perhaps he was disturbed by the harassment and has decided to make his personal information less available. Perhaps he will return. Perhaps he will contribute to the site anonymously.
When revealing your identity on the internet you make yourself vulnerable to invasions of privacy like this. That said, the attacks on him are inexcusable and probably constitute a legal case for harassment.
See more of this issue at What legal options exist to StackExchange to prosecute aggressive users/trolls?
Wow, this really sucks. I enjoyed David being on the site. I used to go into Chat all the time and have some fun talks with the guys (David, jippie, Anindo, etc) in there, but Tony also started to get to me in a very negative way and I stopped going to chat really. Tony really kills this site with his behavior.
Didn't stevenvh also leave because of Tony? That's really extreme bullshit that this guy caused two people to leave who were both very nice and knowledgeable.
Whatever, guess you won, Tony.
How much rep did David have? I thought the rep/votes he gave out wouldn't be removed. What does "user was removed" mean and why did my reputation change because of it? and How did this curious undownvote pattern come about?