I wonder if this post was made in response, directly or indirectly, to the locked thread started by gallant in this forum.
In that thread I was the first one to reply to his post, and I reacted strongly to a certain phrase he wrote.
As adults we face many "tests" in our lives, and how we react to those tests shape the way we are. Many experts will say that we are shaped by our childhood experiences and that is true of course. but it is as mature adults that we learn about ourselves, our strengths and weaknesses and our limitations. The true tests of maturity are many, and one of these is how we react to certain situations, and whether we "stand back", pause and consider what response to make, or whether we "dive in", regardless of what may be best in the particular circumstance.
In this case, I dived in. I responded to a situation without too much thought, whereas a measured response, taking into account the underlying reason for the original post, and the reason why CNET runs and maintains these forums, may have produced a better result.
When looking at the final result of the thread, which in all respects must be considered unsatisfactory because the original question and request for help remained unanswered, I failed to uphold the ethos of the CNET Community and I apologise.
CNET states, " CNET Networks is dedicated to developing and maintaining a friendly online community, where members of all ages and technical backgrounds feel relaxed and comfortable. Like any community, CNET Networks has certain standards. When members join our forums, they agree to abide by these rules. To remain a part of the CNET Networks community, members must be considerate to others. Repeated violations of these standards may result in a member being barred from entry or participation in community forums."
Whatever the original post was, a measured response would probably have resulted in a better and more satisfying end; but I fear that my initial reply "set the tone" for all other posts in that thread.
I will attempt to remember this, and be more thoughtful in future replies.
I have always been something of a rebel (even now at 61, when a common belief is that a person gets set in his or her own ways).
I have never refrained from saying when I think that something is not fair, regardless of any "authority level", e.g. George Bush.
I am a newbie to Cnet forums, but I have never yet had a problem with an administrator locking a discussion/thread, whether on account of something I might have said, or some other person's post.
In short: this is a good place to be.
Mind you: this kind of comment might be better placed in "Speakeasy", except that the issue arises in other forums all the while ... and that Cnet admins are to be trusted.