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So I ran my first TPK today. Ended the campaign. Not on purpose, of… 
15th-Apr-2007 10:13 pm
So I ran my first TPK today. Ended the campaign. Not on purpose, of course.

I'm not sure what I think about it.
16th-Apr-2007 10:18 pm (UTC) - Re: And incidentally...
Okay, you asked for it. Here it is.

"Why'd you do it?" sounds accusatory because it has no other surrounding context to qualify it. It becomes highly open to interpretation since we have nothing else to go by. And as a writer, I can say it's all about the context. With no face or body language to read, all one has to go by is the words in the post. It doesn't matter whether you have embellishments or not, the words simply sound like you're making accusation. The voice may or may not be harsh, but how can we tell?

"How did it happen?" is a neutral statement. Had you said this, you wouldn't have implied any blame but rather asked for clarification.

Had you led with the post you make later in this thread, you would not have received this sort of flak.

Had you followed up your initial statements with something like "Oops, my bad, let me explain in a little more detail." I would think this community would be a little more forgiving regardless of what your opinion actually is. Instead, you take defensive and cry foul with "this community is opposed to differing opinions," when people are calling you to task on the tone of your posts.

So please, explain to us as to what parts of my logic are "dirty."
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