I know for a fact that someone's online personality can conceal the way he really is in real life. I have a personal friend at another website's forum. (Well, I've not met him in person yet; but I've called him repeatedly long-distance for about two years now.) I know him quite well. He frequently makes comments in the other website's forum (where I also post comments of my own) that sound downright hateful. Well, taken literally, they are
hateful. There have been times when I've had to object strenuously to certain comments he's made. But in real life he's just a creampuff. I know that he never would hurt anyone, even if he could.
So, what I'm saying is that you possibly could be sincere. I have no way to know for certain because I can't read your mind. I can only read your words on the family PC computer screen. Everyone's comments here have been funny, but it's almost like you're a socially inept person who's been bullied. I don't know what to think. This hi-tech means of "communicating" does have its shortcomings. Sometimes a statement can be interpreted in more ways than one because facial expression and voice tone are absent, which means that it can be mis
interpreted by someone who reads it. For example, I came across the following statement in this forum the very first time I started posting here about two years ago -- a statement that was addressed not to me, but to someone else who was a longtime member: "bet you got beat up a lot in gym class." This comment could be interpreted as being either sympathetic or mocking. I chose to believe that it was meant to be read as a mocking statement, and I reacted accordingly with a combative tone in the very first post that I submitted in this forum. (I must say that most of the time this sentiment has been expressed at other websites where I've read it, the poster's tone clearly was
mocking.) Actually, I'm still slightly inclined to believe that it was delivered with mocking intent; but I'm no longer sure. So, I'm no longer completely convinced that you're trolling; you could be sincere. I just don't know what to believe at this point, but I'm beginning to lean in the direction that you're sincere. Rude, perhaps, but sincere. (I still believe that you should not have been cross to butrflynet and ossobuco.)
I've got to go to bed soon (since I must follow doctor's orders to deal with a serious health problem); so, I'll have to stop posting for the night. I'll take this up tomorrow (probably with a lot of people mad at me). My legally blind wife, whom I've been telling about the JGoldman10 saga, would possibly think I'm out of my mind if I told her what I've just posted ...