Republic, defining offensive and insulting is a difficult task. A corollary to this is when a US Senator, who’s name escapes me at the moment, said in reference to a definition of pornography, “I can’t define pornography, but I know it when I see it.” Well, I can determine the difference between a serious response to an inquiry and a personal attack on someone who responds to an inquiry, and the attacker disagrees with the responder. Indeed, Retired Plbg doesn’t allow the personal attacks to bother him, much to his credit, but the fact remains that he did suffer a personal attack and an attempt was made to insult him.
Take a look at the serious inquiry posted by kphmom, OK TO CLEAN DIAPERS IN THE BATHTUB. Now this lady has a serious concern, and Bozo has responded with what he thinks is humorous in answer to her dilemma in his response. It is ok for responders to add a little humor in their responses, but the response should also contain a serious answer to the inquirer’s question. This may not appear to be too important to you, but take a look at the next response from nicktheplumber. He gives a very good, serious answer to the question, and then ends his response with the following:
“I’m new to this site, and I presume all the discussions are more or less serious…”
It is obvious to me that nicktheplumber questions the seriousness of this Bulletin Board based entirely upon Bozo’s frivilous response to kphmom’s question.
John Aldrich (Septic Tank Yank)