I'm a little confused about all the fuss over something that I wrote in an answer today:
First off, I'd like to apologise for the onslaught of crap responses you've already received and those that'll likely be rolling in over the next few days. It's an unfortunate reality of talking about these things online and unfortunately IPS is no exception.
This was written based on my experiences using the internet, and my experiences using IPS. Way too often when someone from a minority group brings up an issue, they get an onslaught of rather crappy responses from people and it looked, to me, like that was already playing out in the comments section of the question I answered. I thought it worthwhile to extend some empathy and an apology on behalf of the community.
I realize that there are those that don't see it that way, and I realize that there are those who would prefer to quietly delete those responses and pretend like they weren't seen and didn't upset or offend anyone. But having been on the receiving end more than once, I understand that those comments are seen, and do offend.
Like it or not, it's hard to talk about some things on the internet. One can't really talk about being treated unfairly without someone stepping in and treating you unfairly. And that's kinda crappy. It really bothers me when I see this in communities that I'm a member of, so I tried to address that as gently as I could at the time.
What I found a little baffling was the message that I received after I rolled back the edit removing my apology:
apaul, if you have issues, take it up on meta. DO NOT use your answer to attack other answers or the other users on this site. – Catija♦ 36 mins ago
I don't see how I attacked other users or their answers. I was referring to some of the comments that had already rolled in, and the ones that usually follow in these situations. I didn't call anyone out directly, by name, or otherwise. I just made a sincere apology to someone who appeared to be catching an awful lot of noise, aggravation, and needless moderation.
Basically it looked to me like we, as a community, handled the question poorly and an apology seemed to be in order. Why such an apology was so offensive that it needed to be removed is beyond me, so here I am taking it to meta as instructed.
I've opted to roll back the edit in protest, and I'm happy to accept the resulting consequences.
I clarified what I originally wrote as the opener for that answer, based on some of the responses here. It has once again been removed and the post has once again been locked. I fully realize that I'm breaking the rules, but I also realize that sometimes the rules should be broken.