That is so HOT to meet another girl who games. That's tight! What games do you play?
Umm, you know, role-playing games mostly.
Oh. I'm an FPS girl. Halo. Boom! Head shots... I'm ranked and stuff. It's the truth.
Well I kill stuff too, it's just I wear prettier outfits.
Cool. <awkward pause> I'm gonna grab a drink.
Ok, so my post on girl gamers didn't go over so well with some people. After looking through my logs, it's pretty obvious that someone linked to it from another web site and the bulk of the 40+ comments that were generated came from readers who don't know me and don't frequent the blog. They misinterpreted my tongue-in-cheek tone and assumed that I was speaking for them.
After several attempts to get the situation back on track, I ultimately decided to take the post down. I realize that I could have stood my ground and refused to back away from my position on the issue. But I know from many of you that you appreciate the civil atmosphere we maintain here, and taking a bulldog approach would have ruined it. At the end of the day, controversy isn't what my blog is about. If it means giving a forum to their brand of hate, it's not worth leaving my post up. Because of that, I opted to take it down.
It's more important to me to keep our blog friendly and open than it is to speak my piece about personal, off-topic issues. For those of you who emailed me in support of the post and asking about the second installment - I apologize because there won't be one. I'm not interested in luring the haters back for another round. That said, I truly appreciate the warm wishes of those who emailed me - your positive feedback touched me very much.
BTW - If you want to see where I got the leading bit from, you can check out Season 2, Episode 10 of The Guild here.