It's clearly none of my business--inasmuch as I don't believe this "Pirate John" fellow ever responded to any alt.obits posting I ever made--but why oh why was the (apparently-)late John Gilmer someone who evokes such strong reactions?
And how does anyone know for sure his surname was Gilmer, given how annoyingly-anonymous everyone likes to remain online?
And how does anyone know he lived somewhere here in Florida? (I ask this, as I seem to be one of the VERY few posters ANYWHERE in cyberspace who is willing to--only out of mere CONSIDERATION for any reader who takes the trouble to absorb my admittedly-dense sentences!--willing to identify from where I post. (Nearly all of the REST of the online world seems to paranoidly guard their locales like a state secret, apparently unwilling to stand behind their globally-published words.)
Again, I've got no axe* to grind here, as he was just another of the hoards of posters who engage in brief, contentious exchanges with other anonymous posters who seem to know what his apparently extensive online history was.
But to ME, all that back and forth for years--often not TO or FROM Mr. Pirate John, but rather merely ABOUT Pirate John by two or more third-parties who had had some online experience with him way back when (and which NOBODY ever seems to detail, for whatever reason).
Despite over two decades of trying in utter vain to understand what all of those incoherent online exchanges are referring to when (1) there's no only no context-clarifying rehashing for the readers' understanding of what was PREVIOUSLY posted, but also (2) then in reply there is some cryptic one-liner that I SUPPOSE makes sense to at least the poster it's directed at but which leaves onlooker types like me TOTALLY PERPLEXED, not only to whatever point was being expressed, but as to the very subject the two posters involved are discussing!
And I seem to be the ONLY cyber-unhip person in these parts who is (CONSTANTLY) annoyed by ANY of this...else wouldn't there be loads of kindly-clarify postings herein to the effect, "Hey, [Mr./Ms. Meaningless-Internet-Alias], what are you two posters discussing there?"
(Yeah, yeah, I realize it is NONE OF MY BUSINESS as it's between two OTHER alias-using posters...but as a longtime professional writer, I understand better than most the profound difference between mere WRITING and PUBLISHING...and EVERYTHING on the Internet is "published", and thus SHOULD be conceptually-accessible to any English-understanding reader, no?)
Now this kind of total confusion happens FREQUENTLY herein--and I'm guessing even more so in other newsgroups, though many years ago I gave up trying to read any other newsgroups, so apparently decipherable they all thusly tend to be, to me at least.
So bottom line, I have NO IDEA how y'all even KNOW enough about this apparently dastardly guy "Pirate John" to even have an opinion about him[. to me, mostly-impossible-to-recall internet aliases just all blend into together in my already-cluttered mind, where I never remember if some "Pirate John" posting I read somewhere was actually by a Pirate Jean or John the Pirate or even Buccaneer Joe!
Yet LOTS of you nice folk have seemed to have been significantly tweaked by this guy for presumably quite divergent reasons, and I'm just curious as to WHY?
Any help clarifying ANY or this, Anyone?
* Or "ask" to grind, for those intellectually-lazy types who insist on confuses the two words.