This is absolutely amazing. I mean, of course it is absolutely awful for the researcher in question, but great that he took the pain to write it down: should be recommended reading for any (aspiring) scientist.
Via Andrew Gelman, who adds some of his own scietific 'commenting' sagas.
PS1. At step number 50 the journal editor involved here should have been guillotined without further delay, though I wouldn't be surprised if most of you will feel this ought to have been done even earlier in the story.
PS2. Applauses to Rick Trebino for keeping the ironic and funny tone throughout: most of us would have deeply failed at that, faced with such a situation.