"What beer are you drinking to celebrate Tom Brady's freedom?"
It garnered many responses: some celebratory ("the biggest stout I can find"), some jesting ("something flat"). It was all in good fun.
Imagine my surprise when I logged on yesterday to find a message that was "warning" me for posting off topic. This was silly, I thought, so I went on Twitter and, verbatim here, fired of this tweet:
"Boo to @ToddAlstrom for warning BA users about celebratory Tom Brady posts! Users can post their morning beers, but not their love for #TB12."
This was a silly tweet, exclamations added to lighten it up. Clearly, "booing" someone is not something serious adults do. It's something you do to opposing teams or toward someone for committing a minor faux pas. It also playfully pointed to the hypocrisy that it's okay to post at 7:08 am that you're drinking 11 Sculpins (truly, do that many people have midnight shift jobs?!), but not okay to post -- again, in the New England forum -- about football.
Seriously: It's okay to talk about WHAT YOU'RE DRINKING NOW, but not okay to talk about why you're drinking it.
Anyway, thinking nothing of the tweet, I logged onto Beer Advocate around lunch today to learn that I was suspended for being "a cry baby on Twitter."
This is bullshit. And you know why it's bullshit? (A) You call users, people who may subscribe (I don't) to the magazine, "cry babies" when the commit a very small infraction? This is a horrible business practice. Do people actually rejoin the site after being insulted? And (2) I wasn't even angry!
I responded to the "Cry baby" affront with by telling Todd to learn how to take a joke, and then calling him a loser. Twitter fights, am I right? It's ridiculous that a Tom Brady thread started this. Think about that. Tom Brady. I do feel badly about calling someone a loser. It was a crummy thing to say, but you can't erase internet (or so I'm told, so I'll own up to it).
So it looks as if you can get banned by disagreeing or being a tearful infant. Now it's me that is banned and that's fine (I was also banned from the campus of a friend, but that's another story), although I did have a trade in the works which I'm bummed about not going through now that I think about it.
Anyone want to trade me some midwestern stouts and barleywines?