That’s not what I meant, but since this seems to have taken on a life of its own, I guess I should clarify.
I made a flippant remark in response to an attempt at language-policing. As you wrote in the linked thread: “[w]hen people are passionate or deeply concerned about an issue and you say something that looks like you’re mocking that concern […], it’s not exactly an olive branch”. I was certainly mocking the concern, but I wasn’t doing it to provoke a response.
Nor was I wondering whether my comment, or anyone else’s, would be allowed in the chat room. I had no reason to think it wouldn’t be.
Rather, I was wondering whether the comment I replied to was a sign that it was the kind of place where participants would have to avoid using everyday idioms or else face a perpetually outraged mob… and given the dogpile that ensued, and everything that’s happened since, that turned out to be the case.
I’m sure it’s sore. But I think it’s sore mostly because they have to lie to themselves and build me up as a sinister force to justify the way they acted. Every time someone brings it up, they have to do it all over again – more fervently each time, it seems – and all that melodrama must be exhausting.