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Old August 25 2012, 07:50 PM   #160
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Re: PICTURE POST II!

Ruaidhri wrote: View Post
boco wrote: View Post
My grandma has them every spring

Wow, that's crazy. Has she been to see a doctor about it?
boco wrote: View Post
Thanks , ladies and gentlemen.
That just convinced me that I should indeed ask the admins to delete my account here. Not worth posting anymore
It was fun ..for a while..
I know the friends I've made here will remain friends outside the forum
Bye - for those that care
Maybe there's a language barrier at play here or the difficulty of communicating the subtleties of humor through text; maybe it's because of your past history participating in or being the brunt of criticism and that's influencing how you're reacting, but Ruaidhri's comment is one of the most harmless, playful, and obvious jokes I've ever seen and you are completely overreacting to it, and others aren't helping. As if the joke itself wasn't obvious enough, he added a :wink: smiley to further clarify his intent. Since you've never had an issue with Ruaidhri before (that I've seen) and he's one of the nicest, most laid back posters on this forum, why jump to the conclusion that this was an attack?

Plus, no one has asked you to leave or implied having any such desire, but if you want to, then you can just leave. The "asking the admin to delete my account" thing is a tired cliché. They don't delete accounts, it's not necessary to do so for you to go (if you think you'll be tempted to come back and lack resolve, just scramble your password), and it's usually just a means to grab attention and well-wishes by people who don't actually intend to leave. Not saying that's what you're doing here, but that's how it's often used, and it gets old.

Flying Spaghetti Monster wrote: View Post
Really guys, that was uncalled for. Regardless of whether she leaves the board or not, I think some apologies are in order!
Flying Spaghetti Monster wrote: View Post
A funny play on words to you, but obviously it wasn't kind.. I'm sure you can see that
Flying Spaghetti Monster wrote: View Post
You might not see it but it's there. That's the whole point.
You stop stirring up trouble. You know full well that was a joke.

TheSeeker wrote: View Post
I think it has more to do with the history of people giving boco a hard time here in the picture thread simply for posting pictures.
But that didn't happen here, and Ruaidhri has never participated in any of those arguments, so it shouldn't really apply.

Gary7 wrote: View Post
Some people are here to throw barbs at others and receive them in kind. Some have a penchant for mocking others, even if under the guise of sarcasm. But then we have some people who don't care for that, who are simply here to share good things and aren't into verbal jabbing.

Ruaidhri's comment did have a winky face following it, but it's still an insult to someone who has made it clear that she doesn't play that way. A grandparent is a revered family member and strangers making jokes like that can't help but be seen as making a callous attempt at stirring up trouble for a brief thrill. It was out of place, especially given the history involved.

I don't know Ruaidhri at all, but perhaps it wasn't his intention to be callous. In any event an apology would be the right thing to do.
She has not made it clear in the past that she does not want to participate in back and forth joking banter. In fact, she has participated in much of it herself. How is Ruaidhri supposed to know this harmless comment of all things was going to provoke that reaction?

How can a joke about a grandmother having baby chicks every spring possibly be interpreted as a callous attack on a revered family member? It's not even an insult, and it's so absurd and whimsical I don't know how anyone could possibly take it seriously.

Ruaidhri is one of the nicest, most polite and respectful posters in these parts, so being that type of person he might apologize anyway just to smooth things over. But rest assured, no apology is owed for what was an obvious and friendly joke.

This is such a ridiculous tempest in a teapot.

Edited to add: See, he already apologized while I was typing this up. He ninja'd me with niceness.
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