Here's an interesting story:
While living in The Philippines, I was helping a friend set up a small business network based entirely on Ubuntu. My friend wanted to avoid any possible interactions with the anti-piracy leg of the government (who was cracking down on companies using cracked software in response to pressure coming from the US and other countries).
We got LDAP and cluster LVM going nicely, everyone's
/home directory follows them around wherever they log in, OpenVPN was working (a major accomplishment at the time!!!) and everything was going well. Until DDoS attacks were tracked back to coming from the office and all the public IP addresses were null routed.
Turns out, employees wanted to use work bandwidth / internet for things that they only had Windows applications to do (none of it work related) and were booting off USB keys and utilizing a small part of the local drives to host a totally p0wned copy of XP/2K.
That took a lot of time to clean up. After finally getting things back to normal, locking down BIOS settings and other stuff that dragged on well past 2:30 in the morning, I remarked that things were okay to use but PLEASE don't install alternate OS's. I let people know that we could work with them to install additional applications if there wasn't a security risk, and joked that I'd be back with a Nerf gun if we had a repeat of what happened.
Not everyone knew what a Nerf gun was.
In fact, a few people thought I was making a real threat, and went as far as to call the police and have a complaint registered in the blotter (basically the same as getting a report written even if no action was taken). In my early morning attempt at humor, I made at least a few people uncomfortable, and insult to injury came when the police laughed.
The value of that joke was all mine to get, I wanted the satisfaction of making people laugh and feel light-hearted. I accomplished that to some extent, but the opposite of that completely made me regret ever doing it.
I'm sure Jeff didn't envision anyone taking that tweet literally, but if you've just experienced the hornet's nest effect of people downvoting your bug report and leaving snide and cryptic comments .. well, it's not a great meme to bring into 2020.
That doesn't mean people have to feel bad about once linking it, or any of that - it just means that we take stock of the culture we present and occasionally look at where we might want to grow. And then we grow.
Alluding to violence doesn't need to be something folks associate with who we are collectively, so let's let that meme just be part of the past.