I wouldn't sweat it too much. Just like anything else, folks are liable to take offense to an innocent statement. It happens in forums like this.
If they're that easily offended I'd suggest they stay away from competition because that's only the tip of the iceberg!
Let me try this one more time.
In the Competetion Area, we are dead serious about what we post- unlike "forums like this".
Within this website, we have areas for Barbs and Jabs and Banter and such. Even among the Banter, we respect each other in all ways.
Some Brothers do not have the time to read every post.
Some Brothers do not have the time to read every post in detail.
Some Brothers do not pick up on the "Emoticons" used by some of us to clarify the nature of our comments.
Some Brothers do not have the time to spend here to "know" the personalities and history of the other members.
So, we have to be careful how we phrase and post our information.
This is especially critical in Competetion.
I do not want Kevin, Clara, Mike, William, Jimmy, you, or anyone else to feel like they are left out of something, especially if they do not have the time (like you and I seem to have) to keep up with all the details and nuances of the posts
Did you notice that I added "or anyone else" to my list?
That is my small attempt to cover the other Brother Competetors who I may have missed by name--cause I love and respect them all!
"Fine line to draw" but one I insist on for my personal posts.
"If they're that easily offended I'd suggest they stay away from competition because that's only the tip of the iceberg!"
Kinda, almost true.
But, as I said, we respect each other here--unlike "other Forums".
If a competetor comes here, posts, asks questions, answers the questions, and develops a relationship with the Brethren--we get "looser" with each other
Cases in point--Kevin and "Sir Jim Minion". They have been around here long enough to engage in the Banter a bit.
But, if they were competeting head to head--I personally would be damn careful about my wording as I wish them both good luck in public
But, when a new competetor shows up here, I do not want them to feel that we (as a group) are "spring loaded" to root for Kevin, Mike, you, us, or anyone else!
Damn fine line I draw (and it is my personal line, not site policy)--but we are Brothers and need to respect that line!
We are different from "the other sies".
We care about people!