Apparently, I was naughty, and had to sit in a corner for three days. Then on DAY FOUR I contacted Mike to lift the suspension. I do NOT blame him for the delay since it wasn't his decision to suspend me. Fortunately I have Mike's email address...
Anyway, I'm back. Did ya miss me?
Before I comment on the topic, I gotta comment on the suspension itself.
First, I originally didn't even know I was suspended. I received neither email nor private message about it. It took two visits and some investigation on my part to figure it out. Shouldn't some sort of notification accompany a suspension? Particularly when the member is regular poster and otherwise in good standing?
On one visit, I wanted to respond to something in the first newsletter thread, but the reply buttons were gone. I assumed the thread was locked. I then noticed that the post/reply buttons were missing entirely. I figured maybe there was some database maintenance going on. But I DID notice that Eliot had changed his signature to "Resident nut-job". That made me smile. I guess Eliot enjoys being something of a pot-stirrer.
On the next visit, I saw that the buttons were still missing, but that other people were posting. WTF? I finally saw my own name in brown. Uh-oh. What did I do to earn this? I had to go digging to find the discussion about the suspension list to see why I was suspended. I had to read it twice before I realized that it was the nut-job comment that someone took offense to.
Yesterday I saw Eliot's post from two days ago, where he quoted my nut-job comment and challenged a moderator to do something about it. Interestingly, he suggested that either Zuga or I be suspended. That makes me think he agrees with my assessment of Zuga's "Meh" comment. He also changed his signature again. It now reads "Retired nut-job and traitor once removed". Was he expecting or planning to get suspended as well for something?
Anyway, to the nut-job comment itself.
No, I don't really think Eliot is a nut-job. And I'd be shocked to learn that Eliot was truly offended by the comment. I suspect that the next time I run into him, we will have a mutual laugh about this whole incident. And I really think that it ranks rather low on a scale of insults. So low that I didn't realize that it was the cause of the suspension.
On the other hand, I DO think Eliot's complaints were excessive, and stand by the remainder of the post that contained the nut-job comment. Do I really think Zuga's "meh" was a nice way for Zuga to call Eliot a nut-job? Frankly, I don't know.
It should be noted that a few people used the Thanks button on that post, one of whom was Zuga. Since Zuga never quoted any portion of that post, I can't know if Zuga was thanking me for my support, or for the nut-job comment, or some combination.
It should also be noted that several members agreed with my nut-job assessment.
Does that make it OK? No.
As I said, I find it hard to believe Eliot was really offended, particularly considering the signature line changes he made. Nonetheless, he has a fine reputation in this industry, and deserves more respect than I gave him. I apologize for the comment.
Superstitions are silly, childish, irrational rituals, born out of fear of the unknown. But how much does it cost to knock on wood?
Note that the same could be said for Religion. I.E. Religion is nothing more than organized superstition.