Re: @Martin-73 -- With all due respect
@ Someone Else: Your downvotes may be because...
"Who the bloody fuck are the Samaratans?" - would have been quicker to Google than to type that.
"Well lah-dee-fuckin-dah! A bunch of fucking busybodies," - and now you're making judgements without even knowing anything about the organisation. <slow clap>
"probably driven by some charismatic fundamentalist "leader"" - your lack of knowledge here is actually painful.
"'cuz their website is blocked here" - what are you, at some weirdo American school that censors anything that might be controversial such as the word "suicide"? Go look up the words to the theme song of M*A*S*H, if you can, that is.
"But it is pointedly not the business of some self-appointed group of goody-two-shoes" - it is a charity with trained volunteers. Perhaps something of an indictment of our times, that they may be the only people that somebody with issues can turn to. Thanks to the Internet, trolls, and the way daily life works, it can be hard to find somebody to open up to. If you have a mental health issue (or think you might), the last thing many people would want is to talk to family, friends, or coworkers. If you are feeling suicidal, you never ever mention it on the internet or you'd get a chorus of "hurry up and kill yourself you sad bastard" messages. So who does a person talk to, huh?
""Samaratans"? Really?!? How pompously self-serving!" - actually, the name was coined by a newspaper reporting on the, then unnamed, organisation. This was back in the '50s.
"to intervene unasked and unannounced into what is clearly a very private and personal issue" - it certainly is private and personal, and too many people take it to their graves. When you get depressed, it is all to easy to believe that telling anybody will just make things worse, and in many situations, they're right. We're all bastards. But if somebody somewhere makes an effort, maybe the affected person will realise that, yeah, life can be shitty, but it's something they are far from alone in experiencing. So if the right person intervenes, even unannounced, it could be a better outcome than eternal silence.
"And more importantly, it is not their business to cut a wide swath through the Twittersphere" - true, this was a bit misguided. Not to mention the potential numbers of false positives. Moreso given that this news has broken so I reckon some trolls will be out to game the app.
"My business is not your business until/unless I say it is. Kindly keep that straight." - err, yeah, your business kind of is my business if you blab it all over Twitter and I'm reading. If you have those sorts of ideas regarding privacy, social media isn't for you...