I'm not really sure what FGR's deal with certain members is about. He told me once that they had their reasons or something words to that affect. He's always seemed pleasant to me but I haven't interacted much with him so take that for what it's worth.
You'd think as the one here most often, as far as I know, maligned as the resident bigoted, racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobe, ... um ... islamophobe... Probably missing a few here... Anyway, you'd think I'd have made many mistakes, a lot of regrets, and much to atone for. Not one reasonable person here that has engaged in online conversations with me believes any of those things are true of me. If you say you do you are mentally incompetent or a liar.
My biggest mistakes here are the shear volume of time I have wasted here and ever thinking I could get along with many of you despite our differences. I do regret the the immense time I've spent here over the years. At times it was a replacement for social activities because I literally posted here from buildings that were routinely under attack. I think Darth Evad hosted pictures for me way back in '03 from what was, sometime before the war, a luxurious hotel in Mosul. I do not regret all of the time spent and my excommunication from the Unofficial Massazi Discord has really led to some much more healthy online communities that I am somewhat involved in (less now, I'm just busier). I have made some real friends online at Massassi and many other places now.
I have learned a lot from my interactions at Massassi and since post-9/11 everything seemed to be politics everywhere all the time, of course those were constant topics at Massassi. I learned quite some time ago that if you don't have an underlying common view, there isn't much point in debating an issue that follows. For example, and please forgive me that I do not recall who this portion of the conversation was with, in yet another silly gun control debate another member and I who probably didn't agree on the exact intent and meaning of the second amendment could agree that because the second amendment existed another constitutional amendment was the best route to address the topic. We probably could have or did have a pleasant philosophical conversation about the topic beyond as well.
I hope some of you may find that among your mistakes on Massassi is how you may have mistreated others. When I was allowed to return maybe eight-ish years ago I apologized to two members. Now, they both were and continued to be extremely rude to me but their behavior did not excuse mine. Short of demonic possession, which I have not ruled out for all, I think it's fair to say that our different opinions don't necessarily make us evil or bad people. There really is no excuse for unprovoked hostility. It's worse than childish. And if you disagree with that...
You're the reason Brian is planning to close this board. He's said several times the main reason isn't financial. I don't think he's said it and he hasn't told me this specifically but the negativity and hostility has worn us all out. So while some of you might still want to have some fun in some of the old classic threads, we turned this place into a toxic waste dump and sucked the motivation out of the site owner to maintain it. We all know forums are superior to what Discord offers but we ruined and abandoned the one we loved and then run down the owner for screwing it up and then starting another Discord.
Shame on all of us.
"I would rather claim to be an uneducated man than be mal-educated and claim to be otherwise." - Wookie 03:16