|I disagree. Most reasonable people won't take offense to honesty if you make it clear that you're not trying to insult them. If this wasn't true people would cry every time they receive constructive criticism.|
Calling someone "delusional" and that they "shouldn't use a computer" is not constructive criticism, it's an insult.
|The footnote wasn't serious, if I didn't want to insult people I wouldn't have put a snide comment like "this is a chance to improve yourself and take a step towards enlightenment."|
So, you did
want to insult people then? Since you did
put a snide comment and, according to you, if you didn't
want to insult people you wouldn't
put a snide comment (deductively the opposite is therefore also true).
|Thanks for calling me a coward, anyhow, and since there was no footnote telling me not to be insulted (and by your earlier logic, it wouldn't matter), I will take that as an insult. Maybe I had it coming.|
I didn't call you a coward, I said it was a cowardly tactic. If you want to take it as an insult, though, that's up to you.
If I thought you were a coward I wouldn't have pointed it out, since cowardly tactics would be part of your normal behaviour. It just seems cowardly to insult someone and then politely ask them not to be insulted. Like I said, if you hadn't wanted to insult people you wouldn't have written the insults in the first place. It'd be different if someone was calling you on your insult and you then apologised, because that would mean you had seen the error of your ways or that you hadn't anticipated someone being insulted by your comment. Putting that footnote there, to me, seems like you had anticipated someone being offended, but decided you'd leave your comment anyway.
|I wasn't. You've misinterpreted the tone of my post.|
I didn't think you were, just that there was a chance you were and I hadn't picked up on it.
* I do believe in freedom of speech (strongly), and I don't agree with people just censoring anything that offends them (actually I don't believe in censorship at all, except for self-censorship), but you shouldn't purposefully insult people