The lessons I have learned:
- Don't ever show something is important to you or you feel strongly about something otherwise you will be ridiculed
- Accept all abuse without retaliating
- If someone accuses you of breaking any rules or laws - don't rise to it and defend yourself - you'll only end up in the wrong
- Everything you think is insulting is actually humorous and you're the stupid one for taking it seriously - no good expecting your own comments to be taken as a joke because they won't be.
I'm semi-serious about those points but I actually think the person I was arguing with has a screw loose.
Some of the problem is that I have developed a reputation for being reasonable and rational and not insulting people and I was consequently arguing with my hands tied behind my back and with a bag over my head while the other person behaved like drifting mist and turned round everything I said to mean the opposite of how it was intended.
Baffled by the whole thing - yes I am. Communication to me is a two way process and I have no problem with people disagreeing with me. I always mean exactly what I write - unless I put a winking smiley at the end of it. Other people seem to take the piss all the time. Oh well we're all different and there's nowt so queer as folk.