Well, it seems I have become the devil incarnate according to a few people.
I posted what I thought was a reasonable request, not singling anyone out or placing blame on anyone. Unfortunately one person for reasons know to themselves took it personally and jumped down my throat. A few other people also jumped on this persons point of view and joined in the name calling, finger pointing, insulting and word twisting campaign against me and a few others who happened to agree with my original post. Now they are calling for me to be banned because I insulted and offended them. I guess when the insulting, finger pointing and name calling is from them directed at me it's OK but when I defend myself and post something that offends them I should be banned. C'est la vie.
For a while I've been thinking of winding down my participation in this site for a few reasons. A prime one was how a few people had essentially ruined the review section. I would go there to read or write reviews of things only to find that most, if not all of the reviews for the product were by people who had not used it, never heard of it or had no intention of using it and were asking questions or posting comments about it. They did however decide to positively rate the product. This made the rating of the product worthless and reading the reviews of the product pointless as I didn't learn anything useful about them. The other main reason is that a number of users post advice that is either kind of true but misguided, completely radical with nothing to back it up, not true or just plain dangerous to people's health. When I have seen these things I've tried to point them out but have been insulted and jumped on, often by people who have nothing to do with what I've said. There is a lot of good advice on the site but it's become increasingly hard to find and despite the best efforts of the management, when somebody tries to help the small group of people jump down their throat. I suspect it's because they are some of the main offenders in posting the these problem things and are becoming defensive.
So, I think it's time to take a step back and let the small group of people who hate me stop living in fear from me. Quite what they think will happen I;m not really sure. Sorry to all the people who enjoy my posts and thank you to all the people who have emailed me in the past telling me how something I've posted has changed your life for the better. That's all I'm trying to do. I will probably still read, I may post if I see something dangerous and I'll read emails that get sent. I have a life and it's not worth my time dealing with the hassle created by a few people who decided they don't like me and act all holier than thou.
I post on other diabetes boards with the same user ID so if you look you can find me if you google search the right 2 words.
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