Posted by Twinleaf on February 9, 2012, at 9:03:26
The whole issue of blocks is no longer an issue. It lingers a bit as an issue to me, as I received so many extremely long ones. There is a reason for this: I never wanted to hurt or offend another poster, and in the rare instances when I did so by mistake, I apologized. However, I felt that it was demeaning and patronizing to me when Bob unilaterally decided that I had "put someone down" when the person in question did not complain, and often said they had no problem with my comments.
It became a point of honor with me not to allow Bob to dictate to me what was and was not civil; if neither I nor other posters felt that I had been uncivil, I was not willing to agree Bob was right and we were wrong. As a result, I received several increasingly long blocks, ending with one that was 8 months long - for reasons no-one could understand. That was the last long block ever given, so perhaps my standing up for more respectful treatment finally paid off.
Anyway, just saying, to get it off my chest completely. I realize it's no longer an issue for anyone else.