xouper: Just recently (I won't say when), I successfully registered as a new member on the JREF forum and gave a false name.
jj: Anything to cause trouble, eh?
The Thing: Nothing unexpected, though? No posts at SC since 23 April, then suddenly shows up and decides to pour oil on the fire for his own self-gratification.
xouper: And we all know who created the fire in the first place for their own gratification. If the JREF forum management wants to set themselves on fire, I'm certainly willing to help now and then. It's not like I'm the one who started this mess, ya know.
jj: Um, Xouper, you do know you had a huge part in creating the fire in the first place. It was you who chose to goad someone over and over and over. You didn't have to goad them like that, but you did. You get a large chunk of the credit.
xouper: Sorry, jj, but the fire that Mr. Thing was talking about was burning quite well before I came back to the forum to pour some oil on it. I didn't start that particular fire, so I don't see how you can say I deserve a large chunk of the credit. In fact I had nothing at all to do with the new rule or any of the suspensions. So just how did I have a huge part in creating that fire when I wasn't even here to participate until after the fact?
jj: Oh, I agree, you didn't instigate it. You just took the most obstinate, aggressive anti-everything stand, attacked everything in your path no-holds-barred,and did your best to rip ass from teakettle.
I see you too have grasped the uses of hyperbole.
jj: You didn't start it, but you've tried several times to finish it.
I take that as a retraction of your original claim that I had a huge part in creating it.
The point is, if the JREF forum were better run, there would be far less to criticize. Certain people have defended JREF forum management by observing that they are not professionals at running a forum. And I say exactly, they are rank amateurs and the problems they create for themselves speaks for itself to that fact.
I am deeply amused by those who defend such mediocrity by attacking the critics. Seems people like Skeptica are not the only ones with emotional attachments to the JREF forum.