When do you quit?

When you piss off a group of SJWs on a tiny lil’ pinball forum, is that a good time to quit?

When you tap one of the most popular, well-loved people in the small, insular pinball community on the shoulder in an effort to apologize to her about pissing her off in the previously mentioned forum, and it turns out that she doesn’t like to be touched by anyone, much less the asshole that pissed her off in the previously mentioned forum, is that a good time to quit?

When you poke and prod the hive mind on the biggest pinball forum on the internet and they ban you for mentioning that you shouldn’t have to the moderation teams job for them, is that a good time to quit?

When you anger the dregs of the internet via USENET because you wanted to vent about being banned from the biggest pinball forum on the internet, is that a good time to quit?

When the angry USENET people perfectly align with the people who have been stalking you on the internet for years, years, decades even, because you argued with them about which piece of consumer electronics was the best, and they come together in this great big ball of angry accusations and they deliver those accusations to someone who was in just the right place to react with righteous indignation upon receiving them, is that a good time to quit?

When you discover your blog has been referred to a bunch of times by “htttp://sjwpinballforums.tim-crowley-looking-for-advice” (note: not the real URL), is that a good time to quit?

When all the things I just mention combine into one and one of the most popular, well-loved people in the small, insular pinball community rains furious hellfire upon me because of it, is that a good time to quit?

When the people you’ve been playing pinball with for years without incident defriend you en masse on Facebook because of the previously mentioned hellfire, is that a good time to quit?

When the owner of a place you’ve been hanging out on a regular basis sends you a message saying “dude what’s all this shit I’m hearing about you?”, is that a good time to quit?

When you have to hear secondhand via the said owner of place that the guy who runs the league there is worried about cancelling the whole thing because of what people have been saying about you, is that a good time to quit?

When the King of Pinball tells one of the most popular, well-loved people in the small, insular pinball community that you should be killed (and in case I’m not perfectly clear, the “you” in this case is me), is that a good time to quit?

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Probably a good time to quit, you fucking idiot

When you’ve been horribly depressed for years and finally found something that brought you happiness, and it all starts getting ripped away from you because of everything I just listed above, is that a good time to quit?

One thought on “When do you quit?

  1. CORN!

    Hang in there, buddy. You have at least one place on the Internet that loves you.

    These people are not worth your time. All of us keep trying to hammer that into your head, but you’re not getting it. You can always love pinball, and you will always be able to make new friends.

    Those who have unfriended you on Facebook were never your friends in the first place! What kind of nonsense is that to be upset over? Think of how many people were unfriended because of political differences over the past year!

    We love you. Be good to yourself, man. Don’t let these people win (which is exactly what you’re doing right now, unfortunately). Have some respect for yourself. You’re a very clever, witty, funny guy, and a good writer as well. These people want you to think you’re an unworthy piece of dog poo, and you’re letting them!

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