Originally Posted by mountaingirl1961
I read that thread, yelloboy, and I have to agree with James on this one. Crud's one of the personalities on this board and, well, sometimes he can be awfully caustic. He's thrown more than a few chairs at me in the past year and a half or so. The best response is to just laugh it off (and I've told him I was laughing at him before, too)... and realize that when he's not being crabby he knows a lot and has some good insights. There are one or two other posters on this board who do nothing more than try and stir up trouble. That's why there's an ignore function... don't be afraid to use it.
I get the point that that is his general personality and that I shouldn't take it personally where perhaps I did. And I grant you that his first post did contain one tidbit that was on-topic.
However I did still find it somewhat offensive and in general it didn't add anything to the thread.
I did obviously receive numerous responses that were helpful / supportive and that's why I said that epic is still a great place with much value to be had. There are a just few 'characters' who I wish would follow the old adage of "If you don't have anything nice (valuable) to say..."
Originally Posted by james
To highlight three replies and characterize an entire community by them is over reacting, in my opinion.
James - I do not think that I characterized an entire community based on Crud's 3 responses as you imply that I did. I said that epic is still a great place with much to offer but that had I been more thin skinned, reponses like those could easily turn me off. I was merely referring to 'that reception' in particular; I wasn't generalizing. At least that wasn't the intent. Heck, if it was I wouldn't still be here. And while I may or may not have been 'instantly' labeled, certainly you can see how I would have taken offense to posts later labeling all those who wear TNF as posers/gapers, whether or not those were directed at me personally...
As a side note, I've read through a lot of Crud's posts in the politics forum and find myself agreeing with much of what he says. I'm sure if he could get over the fact that I'm a poser/gaper
:, we'd probably get along.