I now have this. The whole of what I previously wrote was tongue-in-cheek, and I included a tongue-in-cheek reference to an inside joke about the rumor-mongering of other people. This has been taken as disparaging and an attack on a person or groups of persons who obviously do not deserve it. Even though the whole post, (the whole undertaking) was sarcastic, I've taken it all down rather than just in part because it is irresponsible to assume everyone who reads this can discern what was sincere (not much) from what was meant to be silly and ridiculous (most of it). Moreover, the statement reflects something I do not personally believe and the potential damage is not worth the potential harm.
For the record: I do not believe anyone has acted in an ethically dubious way. I apologize for any misunderstandings and hope no harm has resulted.
It's hard to judge the scope of this thing. Everyone writes with someone specific in mind, not an empty void that can be filled at will. Obviously, passing a wink-wink message to someone about something so potentially volatile and upsetting is not a good way to go about your business.