I've been lucky I suppose, Puppy installed first time for me.
May I comment on the rest? I see Puppy as my distro at least as much as Vector is.
Very sorry about the death threat on DistroWatch. I don't think the person who issued the death threat was a member of the Puppy forum btw. Unfortunately there are such people online.
AlienJeff stuck up for you in that thread on the Puppy forum (which I've seen). Personal attacks? Mostly people were just defending their distro. I did see one or two sexist comments, unfortunately Linux is a male and geeky world for the most part. I'd like to see more female devs and tech writers like yourself.
That Belgian guy ShakaZ who kept posting the same attack isn't someone I've seen on the Puppy forum at all (and I visit it a lot). It hurts to be attacked online, I know that only too well.
Puppy does allow criticism on its forum, someone today posted a thread saying he'd had problems with its stability.
P.S. I normally enjoy your journalism (I didn't realise at first that you were Caitlyn Martin) and hope one day you'll rethink your position on not trying or reviewing Puppy. Puppy 4 is growing into a pretty decent distro IMO, though I think most of its issues got ironed out by Puppy 3.