I thought that as you noted “original” that the thread might have gone back further than the post I noticed where you were being berated.
Addendum: (just in case you read before I add. ;)
There does seem to be a bit of behind the scenes manipulation happening here. I am now getting messages via Twitter DM from people wishing to continue a thread or response privately. Along the lines of “I don’t want to say this openly on medium, but…” Curious.