Back in 2006? I took especial pains to write in such a way, that I was not insulting, and made it clear when I was expressing my opinion. I was careful to avoid absolute language too.<quoted text>Yes.
It's just that any insult or rudeness seems shocking when it's from you. It's uncommon and doesn't seem characteristic, if you don't mind the comment. And we non-believers seem to be getting a bit of a reputation for bad manners and disrespectful behavior.'Bad-mouthed atheist' seems to be becoming a stereotype and we could probably do without it here. JMHO.(Not that I'm guiltless, I just think we should blame you for everything :-)
It was a complete waste of effort-- nobody appreciated my efforts to be careful, or humble, or to avoid hyperbole...
... and the god-robots would ignore my qualifying language, and zero in on my qualifying adjectives as me being uncertain or weak or not even having a valid point to make.
In short? They didn't get it, and those who were on my side, didn't care one way or the other, either.
There was one person-- who was a thoughtful theist, who did express appreciation. But she was an exceptional poster, and what was worse, she did not return the consideration--she frequently used absolute language against non-theists... so...
... I gave up being nice. There did not seem to be a point; my target audience mistook me being nice, as me being unsure and weak--a target (in other words).
And the formerly thoughtful theist turned on me like a rabid wolf, once when I made a thoughtful (but critical) observation of her religion--even though I took care to be polite.
So much for being nice, or being thoughtful.
It got me zip.
Oh well. The absolutist-language is much easier to write anyhow, as is the sarcastic tone I most often employ.
I find I prefer the sarcasm anyhow-- sarcasm is one of the things that helped ME to flush religious indoctrination after all....
... THANKS, Monty Python's Flying Circus! You have helped make my current world-view what it is today.