It should have been a routine thread. Someone who’s not generally happy with the way they look is pleased by a flattering picture, so she posts it on a webforum; other forumites, of course, compliment her. Then this guy shows up.
So, if instead of drowning myself in a sea of hypocrisy and pretending a rabid badger tore my eyes out, I state my true opinion about the picture posted in the OP, will I get warned/banned for insults?
Yay for frankness.
.Xaos (ooo, how edgy) is told that he certainly might get a warning for threadcapping, as no useful social purpose is served by chiming in and telling someone 5,000 miles away that you think they’re ugly. He responds:
If you expose yourself on a forum, which, much like the first places named in such a way – the Roman forums – is a public location, prepare to be judged and confronted by opinions that may not be in agreement with your own views.
My response is motivated by a need for balance – I would most likely have not voiced anything, as probably a lot of forumites stumbling upon this thread, but seeing the amount of people “doing their job”, pushed me to post a small reminder that facts should be named as they are, and that Chinese-style brainwashing should be revealed for what it is.
See? The only options are proclaiming to the world that said poster is an ugly fat chick (I presume this is his opinion) or becoming one of the brainwashed sheeple, man. I tried to formulate a response to this, but RPGNet poster Cericonversion beat me to the punch. I’m posting hir (poster is trans, not sure if M->F or F->M transsexual) response below.
What you’re doing implies that anything that might ever be conceivably appropriate in any context anywhere online must be introduced here, in this thread, right now, or it’s failing to be…something. Honest? Complete?
But in fact, any impulse you may feel to be cruel to someone seeking – and finding – some encouragement right now isn’t actually more relevant than figures on world bismuth production or the German edition of John Scalzi’s novel Old Man’s War. This is not a thread set up to invite or welcome whatever truthtelling you think it is you’re doing, let alone your profoundly ridiculous notion of shared enthusiasm as mind control.
You are in the wrong thread for the attitude you want to cop to.
For any RPGNet readers who are interested, the thread is here.