I thought about trying to reply and defend myself, then decided that if these people couldn't be bothered to read the OP properly they were unlikely to read my replies to them.
It was particularly hurtful that these people had ignored what I had actually said, in favour of what they thought I had said. I was being attacked for opinions and motives I had never expressed, and which were entirely in the posters' heads.
Before you get offended and weigh in with a critical post, please apply Scritzy's Coke rule and re-read the post you are replying to. Does it actually say what you thought it did? Have you zoned in on one sentence (like "I want my friend to lose weight") and assumed the rest? Will you look like a horse's rear end if you post what you originally intended to? Will you be so embarrassed you have to run away?
I have found this to happen on this board a bit - people dont actually read the OP and suggest thing that the OP has already said dont work (without offering a new reason to try it, for example), or they ask a question that is actually answered in the OP or a clarification of the OP OR they dont read the whole thread and just reiterate what is said over and over. I used to reply to these people to set them straight (helpfully, so that they could offer the OP something new to consider), then realized it was a futile effort.
Sometimes people misread (I definitely have a few times!), sometimes, people like to see their own words on the screen...
CathyF, I have to say that in some cases, someone commenting on the reality of easter bunnies is germane, and helpful, but I understand and agree with you when it is not.