One veiled threat Stephen used against me several times that I can remember is posting "I'm not going to ban you." All his supporters were thinking "See how wise and tolerant Atticus is!" The real message he was sending me was "Lay off me or I will ban you." He knew it and I knew it, but his followers understood something completely different. Of course, I didn't lay off, and I continued to point out his sociopathic patterns publicly, and of course he banned me, exactly as he said he wouldn't. Once you understand that sociopaths are liars, cheats, and manipulators, you begin to see through their doublespeak.