Hmmm, I was fast asleep and woke up to a thread that had, like 1200 views.
I thought "what kind of nincompoop revives an old intro thread?"
Then I clicked on it and "Aha - attractive woman introduces herself...."
Err, yeah, Neckbeard got himself in it up to his neckbeard, indeed. However, it would be informative to read post #25 in this thread
After carefully reading through his post history, it seems he is willing to entertain different perspectives, provided one is reasonable about it. Yes, he does say some dubious things about women in the random thoughts thread, but he did not say women don't have the intellectual potential
. He stated that he thinks women are less intelligent because they don't have to use intellect as much to impress men. Rather unfortunate choice of words, Neckbeard - but I sort of get what you are saying
...fast forward to Kara's intro and promptly put his foot in it, as he did eventually admit. He did also state when he made the comment about narcissism that he hoped it would not come off as offensive - that disclaimer made the difference for me. When Kara responded the way she did, it was understandable as it could indeed be interpreted as an accusation of mental illness/sexism/whatever. Then it escalated, of course - feelings running hot on both sides.
I have read through all his/her(? you never know) posts and come to the conclusion that Neckbeard is clumsy indeed - but not malicious.
Which is why a short temporary ban would suffice for now. We should also give him the benefit of the doubt, since we don't really know.
...I mean, by the time we have finished squabbling over this, he would have made another 50 posts, or so.
Sadly, I don't know if Kara will come back. I hope she does as she seemed very interesting. She had been lurking for ages and then got this treatment. I understand the reaction - anyone with a bit of self respect and integrity would stand up for themselves, although typology attacks are not the way to do it here if you want people to have a discussion with you.
Type is irrelevant (unless that discussion is invited and accepted by both parties), topic is everything. Don't get personal - it doesn't work in the long run. /mod
I would welcome both Kara and Neckbeard back and hope they both can enjoy the forum.