Well, I fucked up. No two ways about it. I could try to explain what I was doing, what I was thinking, what I believed to be the case, but none of that sounds like anything other than petty blame shifting when I write it out in the face of what I actually did.
I check the mod filters every couple of hours or so, and I found something that looked like behavior that is typically frowned upon on the internet. I then posted in that information, including some identifying information in a comment in that thread, and deleted the posts from the moderation queue. I did not in this case, nor have I ever, in this forum or any other ever censor someone for the content of their comment. I have never advocated such action either.
Publishing personally identifiable information is wrong, regardless of the motivation. No matter what I thought I was doing, I didn’t have any right to do what I did, and certainly not on John’s blog. My response was way over the line and absolutely inappropriate. I can only offer a heartfelt apology to the commenter involved, to John, and to the entire community.