> --- Rick Archer wrote:
> > From a long-time lurker who occasionally posts anonymously:
> > >> Wow Rick.
> > >>
> > >> This encounter with Curtis is scaring me. What is wrong
with this woman?
> > >> She really has changed the flavor of FFL.
> I haven't read every post in this thread, but if I understand
> the ones I've read correctly, Curtis paid Judy rather a
> backhanded compliment by saying her posts motivated
> him to clarify his thinking on alt.m.t. some years ago.
> Judy didn't take it as a compliment, and when she asked
> him to explain how "your posts pissed me off" was
> supposed to be complimentary, Curtis declined to elaborate.
> From there flowed the exchanges in which Judy invited
> Curtis to drop it or elaborate, either one, which Curtis
> also declined.
> Have I got that right? Because I don't see the problem.
You've got the basic events right, but not the order
Here's how it went (in bare-bones form):
Curtis paid me the (very) backhanded compliment
I made it clear I didn't take it as a compliment.
Curtis said I was giving him too much credit for
being (a) clever and (b) an asshole. He said he'd
have more to say the next day.
In response, I suggested that he really didn't want
to get me started.
The next day, Curtis (ignoring my advice) wanted to
know why I hadn't taken his post as complimentary.
I told him.
Curtis (ignoring what I told him) asked again why
I hadn't taken his post as complimentary.
I asked him to explain what the compliment was.
Curtis decided I had been right that he didn't want
to get me started, and realized he didn't want to
attempt to answer my question. So he backed out of
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