While she's not the first person to reveal the dentist's home address, her post adds fuel to the fire, and makes it easier for a lunatic to wreak havoc on this man and his family.
Why do I care? The guy allegedly committed a horrible crime, so why shouldn't he pay? I agree: if convicted, he should pay, but by legal means, not at the hands of Internet vigilantes.
Back to my doxxing friend: her post surprised me. She's not the kind of person you'd expect to endorse vigilantism. Maybe she thinks that because she only posted his address without any call-to-arms she's wasn't explicitly endorsing vigilantism. That, of course, would be disingenuous: why post the address if not to suggest someone should take action?
Make no mistake: posting his address increases the risk that someone will visit agony on this man and, moreover, his family. I find it hard to believe that's what my friend would want, but that's the way it is.
Doxxing is wrong. It's always wrong. Even when someone's address is a matter of public record, it's wrong.
Doxxers are enabling if not endorsing vigilantism, and should ask themselves if their actions are any better than the subject of their outrage.
I hope for justice in Cecil's killing. But I hope that justice is legal.