Hark's responses in the recent thread were bad. However, moving to ridiculing him and mocking him is not cool.
Elder abuse. Seriously.
Look, I'm willing to cop to being a salty internet tough guy, even if I'm far better than I was six years and three forums ago when this was the wild west. I feel some sympathy for people who don't like that. Not enough to stop entirely, but hey, you might be able to just point out an overreaction and get me to tone it down.
I am completely unapologetic about the elder abuse thing, though. Shit's hilarious. Dumbest goddamn thing I'll read this month, and it's only the 2nd. That stuff about "Magic is a simplification, Solars are about skill" = "Solars will be gimp hyoo-mahns" was also great. I like watching Jackass
, too. I bring this up because I believe they are parallel situations.
I'm not saying Hark can never have good ideas again, and that any past good ideas must be stricken from the history books. But dude said some laughable stuff, so I'm not going to carry any guilt when I laugh at it.
See, you posted this thread because there was furor. There's heat to the argument. It's not much of an argument when it's mild perfect defense kerfuffle #7909. But more often than not, when there's heat on this particular subject, it's because someone said something really, really stupid, and the mockery was construed as or evolved into a real fight. I know none of the people you're making your appeal to are actually mad, so you can guess what's really going on.
What you need to do is look for real arguments and real miscommunications, and take them as they come because they start out small. By the time they're big enough for A CALL TO ACTION it's over and there's nothing to be done, because that molehill has become a mountain and you can't scale it. Dumbness has been spewed, somewhere, and everyone's stuck in it.
But this shit with Hark? I'm not budging on that. Even if he was provoked and there's a history and blah, blah, blah, he said that shit. Elder neglect. He said that. No one's taking that nugget away from me until I find a new nutshot to make me giggle.
EDIT: Also, fata_ku is pretty correct about some stuff, too.