[quote=451727:@Scott Cadillac]Upon reflection, I should have said …“some of” these comments about “get rick quick” schemes in my earlier post. I thought what you said originally Markus, was concise and straight forward. So my apologies if I accidentally included you in my rant.
It was about four posts after yours that I felt things were going off the rails with what I “perceived” (a.k.a. interpreted) as sexist and undermining the OP efforts to gain some useful advice.[/quote]
I still think that you misunderstood these other posts. The sarcasm wasnt directed against the original poster, it was directed at the tendency of the modern World to believe ANYTHING written on the internet. I regularly get emails from my mother asking if some scam email promising money is legit, and emails from a friend if some miracle cure for cancer works. And I find scams in comment sections everywhere because people fall for them, like this one:
A few days ago . I was like a Beggar asking everyone for money and shelter,but really a nice man introduced me the best on-line work . This work needs no special skills . now i am able to earn $996 pd and $7k pm easy and non-stopable money. it is official work under microsoft rules . it Help lots financially . Everybody must try this job by just use the info on this page
As a Scientist I spend more of my private time debunking nonsense than explaining how things really work. One thing I learned: it is very difficult to define intelligence as there are many different types (academic, musical, emotional, social, etc), but stupidity is easy to define: true stupidity is when you stick to your opinion or illusions rather than accept facts.
And if you look at what happens in the US or the UK, Russia, China, Hongkong, most of Afrika (US preachers spreading that drinking bleach will cure Aids, malaria, and impotence) etc then it is immensely demoralizing. I would wager that sarcasm is a valid expression of frustration and exasperation at the sheer stupidity of it all.
Is that aimed at the original poster? Only insofar as it says dont be as stupid as the people falling for it, be smart instead. You CAN read it differently, but if youve been on these forums long enough then youll realize that people here can be sarcastic, but even then they mean well (and the one exception left years ago).