I don't fully understand your post, but I think you're asking me whether I'm trolling?
I'm not trying to cause offense, and I'm not trying to gather personal information or anything like that: I am truly stuck at a rather nasty, tricky section of my story which is not just comedy, but dealing with 'real societal issues', as opposed to the 'fake' ones
. I thought that PMs might be best so that there wasn't anything offensive on display in an open forum, but clearly I'm a bit naive because personal information gathering or the fact that people are using PMs for abuse didn't even occur to me.
I am sorry to find out that you have had to deal with nasty PMs on these boards: rest assured that none of it will come from me. I intend to stick around these boards long after November is over, albeit less overtly.
Edited to add: I've just realised I also asked earlier in this thread about 'unpleasant experiences' at events, naming no names. Thank you, Muddy Fox: you've made me realise how stupid I've been!
Now I'll try to curb in my fecklessness before I actually type something that angers people (if I haven't done so already).