I am putting this in here only because I don’t know where else it should go, because I don’t want to flame a guy I used to respect a ton if I am in the wrong about anything:
I don’t know what happened to you while I was away, Mr. Cynical, but a large percentage of your posts I have seen of yours since has been abusive, caustic, and essentially drive-by’s.
I came to expect from you erudite wit, intelligence and sensitivity back in the day.
Here are a few recent examples:
Should I get a restraining order? - Opalcat parodies another thread here. You could have ignored it, but instead just had to chime in with:
Yeah, thanks…and congrats on your ingrown toenail, too… - You posted about an offensive OP title here. And the way you did so didn’t show much more class:
The OP, who is a well-respected poster here, admitted he made a mistake and a mod came in and fixed it. Would it be so hard to say “thanks for seeing the error of your ways?” The old Mr. Cynical would have.
I despise Jeopardy ™ - In the thread started by PeterWiggen, your reply was:
lol … - In a thread where everyone was piling it on someone who begged for it, you distinguished yourself with:
turn ons - Thread started by a newbie, and the best thing he could post was:
Well, that was the last post thus far. Maybe he killed the thread that was so offensive to his well-being and scared off a newbie while he was at it? We can only hope…
Now, I wasn’t going to say anything because, even though I noticed the threads above, how he (or anyone else) posts is up to them.
But then it got personal when out of nowhere in Well, Thank Goodness There Are No ATHEISTS in Kansas!, I make a few points in a difference of opinion with Anthracite - nothing major and nothing which would even be out of place in Great Debates (and this was in The Pit) - and I am met with this gem:
As such, I feel the need to say something now.
Mr. Cynical, when I left, you were one of my favorite posters here. You were funny, and now I see you going out of your way to hurt people. You would accept an apology, now it seems that you hold grudges. You would make a joke, now you only find humor in some kind of misfortune of others.
Please don’t take this the wrong way. You are perfectly allowed to act in any manner you wish. You are not here to please me, and I wouldn’t expect you to change because I, or anyone else here, said anything.
I guess I just want to know what’s wrong with you, man. Because you were such a cool guy, and now, you are acting like an asshole towards people, and gratuitously at that.
I’d like to see the old Mr. Cynical back. If this is not possible, please tell me why, because missing him is one of the things that brought me back here…
And if it is not possible, then please just ignore me if I am actiung too much like a “dick” for your tastes. There are posters I don’t like very much, and I don’t go out of my way to interract with them. Please offer me the same courtesy if I am on that list for whatever reason and you don’t think I can crawl off of it.