Before this goes any further, I want to clear up a few things. I don’t hate Tobold. I only know him about as well as some of you, which is through reading his blog over the last few years and email back and forth occasionally. I don’t intend to destroy, tear down, or discredit him or his blog. What would I gain from that, considering I enjoy reading what he writes?
Tobold and I have different style of writing and communicating. We don’t debate in the same way, we don’t share the same sense of humor, and different things ‘trigger’ us. We also have very different tastes in MMO games; we see value in different features/systems, and what’s slightly green to him looks kinda blue to me. I’m UO, he is EQ. I’m PvP, he is PvE (stolen from Randomessa, thanks).
I’m overly sarcastic, argue to argue, and at times even manage to write before I think (it’s a gift). I exaggerate sometimes to make a point, usually for the sake of comedy, but sadly sometimes this derails the point I’m actually trying to make. I blame the internet for that one. I’m passionate to a fault about silly stuff (that would be MMO games), and while I never take what’s written on this blogs or others as a personal attack at ME, I do care about the perception of “SynCaine”, especially when I feel an unjust shot is being taken. My e-rep must be defended, and I have my own personal style in defending it. (I find it funny, other opinions may differ) (My perception of ‘unjust’ might be different than yours as well).
I’m not perfect (yet), nor is Tobold. We both make factual mistakes when talking about games (try to write as often as we do and always get everything 100% correct), sometimes those facts bother one of us more than the other. What I view as critical he might not, and a big deal to him might be a minor fix to me. It’s also common that something might look as a positive to him, while I view it as a negative, or vice versa.
What I DON’T want to see happening is either of our blogs changing because of a disagreement, or the blogosphere as a whole becoming less entertaining because someone’s feelings got hurt. No one wins in that situation. Tobold removing comments from his blog would be a shame, not because I want people to continue attacking him, but because that comments section was often a great source of ideas and discussion. Even his switch to moderation has had a negative impact on that (IMO), and again at the end of the day we (blog readers looking to be entertained) end up screwed.
So in an effort to stop this from escalating further and causing more damage, I want to say that I apologize for offending you Tobold, because I know you get triggered by certain things and rather than debate you, I know I can instead derail you with my style of writing. I have a habit of poking someone with a stick until they snap, and more-or-less that’s the case here. You are easy to provoke in that way, and taking advantage of that fact was a poor move on my part.
Instead of this silly ‘war’ continuing (blog wars can only happen on Friday btw, for just this reason), hopefully we can both step back, calm down, and continue any debates of carebear vs pwnzor issues that arise in a more civil manner? I’ll try to filter out any direct shots at you and stick to the topic at hand (which requires a herculean editing effort mind you!), and you try to take what I and other internet trolls write without taking it so personal, so you don’t need to filter your blog or remind people about the TOS, deal?