This week I wrote an article in Forbes about the upcoming #MetsUnite activity on the Summer Solstice. Because it was about climate change, I expect a certain range of reactions to such articles. It comes with the territory when you are a scientist or communicator in this field. However, something interesting happened this time. I became aware of a discussion forum of scientists that disagreed with the article. One of the group participants shared with me his disdain with my article and revealed some of the other comments. While none of the comments broke new ground from things I am used to seeing, a couple of writers channeled their disagreement into direct or subtle insults involving my race or credentials. Why did the conversation go there?