I'm terribly sorry. I normally avoid
confrontational threads like the plague; blame
my atypical behavior on the solar flare. ^_~
But...I'm sorry, each of us does carry
a 'history' in such a community as this.
A 'forum identity' if you will. Each of us
forges it with each post and point we make, with
what we show of ourselves as people in what we
say and how we say it, and how we interact with
others. I think it's this way with all human
interactions, even virtual ones.
Sometimes we form unwarranted negative opinions
of others. Other times they are quite
"To thine own self be true." If memory serves,
Laertes uttered this in Shakespeare's Hamlet.
I'm not going to act like it's my first 'meeting'
with someone on the forum when I know of or have
a 'history' with them. That would be like
lying. I think, if you reread some of the posts
before the straight out insulting anonymous
posters showed up, that while there is some
tension, from awareness of a 'forum identity'
perhaps, there are mostly helpful points made and
they are on the topic of the eBay ID theft of the
I would humbly suggest to anyone who has a forum
identity that they don't like or that they feel
is inaccurate, the best thing to do would be to
look at how others might view them, and maybe see
what they can do to reform it.
My forum identity? Oh, I'm an imperfect lurker,
who stumbles out of the shadows once in a while.
*Steps back into shadows*