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In Reply to: RE: Hmm. . . not that I recall. I'm frankly puzzled by that remark. [nt] posted by Chris from Lafayette on March 13, 2017 at 14:42:58
My apologies if wrong. In any case, he's got more irresistible buttons to push than Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. I'm not the first to succumb and certainly won't be the last. Your HIP comments get under my skin but we get along, it ain't that hard.
. . . the two of us had gotten into it. In fact, I had a pretty decent private correspondence with him at that time, in which I mentioned that I hoped he would post again (after his vacation was up) without all the personal vitriol.
EDIT: BTW, I have some more HIP comments coming up soon! ;-)
EDIT2: I did give myself a voluntary vacation last year, but that was because I felt I was monopolizing this board. ;-)
My wife works with students who are on what is known as as asperger's/autism spectrum, and over the years I've come to recognize some telltale signs. These individuals can be very bright and talented at music, languages, math and science, for example. But they lack the ability to pick up on social cues and empathize with other people. Some spout racist or homophobic insults while being genuinely and completely unaware that they are doing anything wrong, or that it is any different from having an ordinary argument. It's hard to describe, but anyone here who has a relative with asperger's syndrome knows what I'm talking about.
I don't presume to make online diagnoses here, but I've seen at least two posters here who exhibit these symptoms. Criticizing or baiting these people doesn't accomplish much. I usually don't engage them unless attacked directly, and if I do respond I try to be honest and direct without being antagonistic. The trouble is, the moderators can't let racist, homophobic and similar unacceptable posts remain, so there's not much that can be done.
Edit: IMO, jdaniel has exercised great restraint and good humor in dealing with this, but if my suspicions are right, neither restraint nor humor will have any impact.
Thanks for the edit, but I honestly thought he could take it as well as dish it.
I was hoping all along that the Perger's half would eventually manifest itself. : )
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