I saw a link to this thread that brought it to my attention (starting with post #40) and since the original was locked, and I’m sort of curious how this pans out, plus I wanted to use the phrase PMSing pscyhopath so I figure this is an appropriate place to continue the discussion.
This absolutely bizarre and uncallled for tirade from BarnOwl makes him look a lot worse than any of the completely imagined ridicule he created in his mind from a… post about Viagra-spam?
Maybe we can make a game of this - what psychological disorder does BarnOwl most likely have that gives him these delusions?
I can only imagine how BarnOwl deals with other mild, easily recognizable jokes:
Co-worker: “Hey, BarnOwl, how’s your Monday? Working hard or hardly working?”
BarnOwl: "What?!?! How dare you impugn my work ethic! This is slander! I’m going to report you to HR!
Co-worker: “Um, it was just a jo-”
BarnOwl: “Fuck you! I hope you die!”
Just from memory I think he’s a cancer patient and I remember a post about serious (like 3 days in a row) sleep deprivation. So, yeah, he way over reacted, but I’d be inclined to cut him a break (with an apology to the guy that pissed him off, not that he owes me anything).
I was just thinking, his previous posts before the melt down were friendly, intelligent, helpful, nice guy, he just had a neuron misfire or something when he read the spam thing, probably didn’t expect to see the word penis there.
Quasimodem is going through some medical shit, too. He’s dealing with alzheimer’s kicking in plus Parkinson’s. It sucks that BarnOwl is dealing with cancer, no doubt (and I sure Quasi would feel really bad if he knew that) but jeez, that was no way to react!
You’re right of course Silver Fire, but that whole episode sent me spinning, and I had hoped it would be resolved before now. I will enjoy my vacation, but this will be thought about, and whatever’s wrong, I hope he comes back and let’s bury the hatchet.
I hope you enjoy your trip. You can’t control what BarnOwl does or says, but you can control how you react to it. Forget it and have fun, wherever you’re going; it’s certainly not worth a ruined vacation.
Have a nice vacation. Don’t worry about it. BarnOwl took major offense at something that was meant to be a joke, and it says more about him than you, especially when you apologized quite nicely and he still refused to accept it.
I purposely didn’t mention you in the OP because I wanted to make it clear this is about BarnOwl. If he would go off on you like that, he could just as easily go off on any of us, and he needs to be taken to task for it. Hopefully he shows up here sooner or later.
I can sympathize with BarnOwl’s original mistake; I recall one particular thread where I made myself look a dipshit for much the same thing – missing that another poster was obviously joking – although thankfully my resulting tirade was against the misunderstood concept and not the poster.
The difference between me (and the vast majority of other examples of this I’ve seen on the Dope) and BarnOwl is that, once the mistake was pointed out, I responded with “Yup, I’m a dumbass, nothing to see here, move along. Doh.”, and the requisite smacky-smiley thrown in for good measure. BarnOwl, on the other hand, answered with ZOMG I HATE YOU YOU’RE ON MY IGNORE LIST YOU BASTARD DIIIIIEEEE!!!, then posted yet again to announce that he’s so pissed he might need to take a week away from the Dope. In other words, cooler heads had time to prevail between posts, and quite obviously didn’t.
BO, the “accusation” levied against you was sending a piece of penis enlargement spam. Apologies for your overreaction would have been in order even if Quasi had been 100% serious…which, again, he obviously wasn’t. Take him off ignore and reread his post, then ask yourself if your response was appropriate. For now, I’ll reign in my righteous indignation pending your response to that question and this thread in general.