I lurked on comp.lang.lisp quite a lot in 1999-2002, and I made a point of reading Erik Naggum's posts on technical topics. Those posts made me feel that I learned something. When I had time, I sometimes read his non-technical posts, too, and most were pretty entertaining, as long as not taken too seriously.
He will be missed.
Yes, I get that. What I'm trying to understand is why. Is it really just the usenet postings, or did he do something else that I'm not aware of?
And to those intelligent people who sincerely disagreed with him, he may have looked like just another elitist troll contributing to the intolerant atmosphere that they might believe held back Lisp, but such is the nature of bias, on both sides.
Still I will miss him, his rants were often full of wisdom, and his critiques of mainstream software practices were spot on.
His eloquence and clarity of thought is something I can only aspire to.
Unfortunately there were many people _without_ good intentions who tried to engage him in dialogue. They got the blowtorch.