I guess I failed. Can’t pretend I didn’t. Although I don’t think that Rysdad’s comments were meant to be taken anything but personally, so I don’t think I can be faulted for taking them that way.
BTW, the “slap the dick out of your mouth thing” was a joke, because I thought that RickJay had responded out of all proportion to anything I said. For those who were not priveleged enough to have HBO:
Tom: Excuse me. Excuse me. You still haven’t answered the question about the swearing–what about the swearing?
David: Please, let’s stick to one subject, here. Okay, Pit-Pat is a magical pixie, who can fly around and–
Jill: You can’t have all that swearing; it’s offensive.
Bob: Look lady, I don’t come down to where you work and slap the dick out of your mouth…
Jill: [outraged] That’s it!!
Bob: You’re right that’s it.
David: That’s the new slogan for Grandma Betsy’s Biscuit Powder! [uncovers a cardboard poster of a package, with cartoon old woman and beneath her, the slogan “I don’t come down to where you work and slap the dick out of your mouth.”]
Bob: The world of the future is much cruder than the world of today.
However, whatever the case concerning my behavior, Rysdad chose a thread in Great Debates in which I hadn’t said so much as “BOO” to him to suddenly attack me personally, and in a way that had nothing to do with the issue at hand. He was wrong to do so, and although my correspondence with the mods indicates that perhaps my sensitivity meter is too high – or at least that the two attacks did not rise to the level of a warning – he did get warned for the “ignore” stuff. So I think he owes me an apology, not that I expect to see one.