There is no need to be nasty. If you were "over it," as you say, then there's no reason for you to take the comment personally, particularly since I was quoting rakso in my post (though it was not directed solely at him). Most people who are "over it" don't keep complaining, but there's no question that you are not like most people. Just the same, I don't know if I can offer rakso any useful advice for his problem of being trod-upon by the pros and pro-wannabes in his country. I myself post occasioally to a newsgroup dominated by pros in this country, and I often feel out of my league when it comes to keeping up with some of the intensely technical discussions that go there (I'm talking about MTG-L, btw). Now, unlike the response you've described, rakso, I've never felt excluded or dismissed out-of-hand, so I really can't claim to see where you're coming from. There seem to be two good ways to handle this. One, keep on posting. Just because you get ignored or even ostracized doesn't mean you can't post to that newsgroup. As long as you have access to it, you have a right to post there. Who cares if no one there likes what you have to say? Two, ignore them. If the response makes you so uncomfortable, post someplace else. As for the way you're treated by people in person, at the mall shop...again, unless there's some organized harassment going on, I don't see the problem. If there is, complain to the manager of the store. If he or she values your business, (s)he'll put a stop to it. If not, then take your business elsewhere. (Aside: If there simply is no other place to play, I sympathize, really. I know how it is. But, I have played with groups of the "we hate scrubs" mentality and of the "We're here for the game" mentality, and I simply choose not to associate with (to put it bluntly) a**holes.) In short, it's only your problem if you let it be. Not that I see what any of these things has to do with the articles that were posted here last week, and I stand by my assertion that, even if there was a tone of seriousness to the humor pieces, there was never anything to get so worked up about. In fact, if there is anyone who had any right to feel hurt, it is the people over at CCGPrime, who were the ones being mocked in the first place, as far as I can tell.