I hope you don't mind my detached musings, but I am also a little curious as to why the hell this thread has so many Atlas Points. You know, I see your point, but it really doesn't characterize the situation well. You've barely skimmed the surface and now you would like to jump in for a musing (as if from a position of greater understanding than the parties involved). It actually draws away from the important points of what happened. It's like you're not following your own advice or something.
"A lot of Ed's posts need correcting." - 3
"Mindy needs a new attitude." - 2
Intellectually stimulating indeed. Ed, Molly... how did you come up with such convincing arguments? I commend you, RoR members, for sanctioning such brilliance ...
For starters, Mindy's name is Mindy, not Molly.
Also, if you look at the reason why I started this thread -- and I outlined my reason in the first post of the thread -- if you look at the reason why I started this thread, then you will see how it was basically just mockery for Mindy to say what she did.
Now, you could go back one step and say: "Ed must've done something to deserve being mocked." Fine. We keep going back, from what one party did to the next, and, lo' and behold, the other party was always at fault -- until you go back further. Sooner or later you get to January 17 (Teresa posted the link) where first hell broke loose.
The reason folks sanctioned pithy statements is because they sense some kind of injustice and felt some kind of vindication in the statements. Like mentioned above, everybody went back as far as they wanted to, stopped there, and said to themselves: "From what this person here said, that other person really deserves it (whether "it" is mockery or whatever)."
After a few-month trial of avoiding her, I tried an experiment (this thread) where I would not only address every criticism to the letter, but that I would also dish back to her -- i.e., respond in kind -- what it was she was dishing out to me. Apparently, that wasn't good enough for her, either.
(Edited by Ed Thompson on 4/02, 2:51pm)