i didn't want to be rude, so i'm replying to you. many thanks for your kind words.
i think that you put more thought into your descriptive phrasing than i have put into my posts. usually, i just "wing it" (diarrhea of the keyboard) and correct the numerous typos and errors with a seemingly, endless series of "edits". i guess i usually fail to engage brain before putting keyboard in gear.
since you've "been away" as you termed it, i'll elaborate somewhat on the situation so that you understand a little better.
i "blew it" with one or two posts in another Thread. really only wanted to foster a back-and-forth discussion, but i worded things too strong. i was questioning a long accepted premise which may not be true in all situations - sort of a "sacred cows make the best hamburger" (as the saying goes) type of thing. i may have appeared that i was attacking, depends upon one's point of view, perhaps. instead, i was employing some "debate strategies" to elicit a response to my objections so that i could understand better his perspective/reasoning.
it turns out that we were probably speaking of different situations and so, were both correct for the situations we were envisioning. had we been face-to-face, certainly a more efficient way to communicate ("back-and-forth" ques. and ans. interaction is easier), the misunderstanding probably would not have arisen at all.
using 20-20 hindsight, i should not have posted my objections without first posting a series of questions, and waiting for him to reply, to make sure that i understood clearly what specific situation(s) he was speaking of. i thought i knew, but i was wrong. i just assumed that he was speaking of L/UL backpacking.
if you are so inclined to try to locate the other Thread, he made some edits to some of his posts afterwards (as did my wife who picked the wrong time to want to get involved) and so the full "flavor" of the "back-and-forth" is diminished somewhat.
i haven't seen any Posts from the other individual since that day. perhaps he's just very busy with his work and i really didn't "chase" him away - i don't know though. some of his wording, now deleted i believe, did lead me to believe that i had given occasion for offense.
i have no plans to personally reply to any of his posts (if he starts posting again) other than to agree with his opinions, unless he specifically addresses me in his post(s) and asks me to get involved if i disagree. however, if even posting agreement with him would keep him away, i would be 'ok' with not replying - period, or even participating in the Forums (other than reading them, which i'm "addicted" to doing).
i'd really like to see him back in the Forums because he is undoubtedly a recognized expert on some subjects discussed in the BPL Forums. i feel that he is too valuable a resource to be lost.
everyone has as much right to participate in these Forums as any other, and if i have given him a different impression, i am truly sorry for that.
if he doesn't start posting again, then i'll probably slowly work my way back in. let me give it a few more weeks. however, i have made a small number of Anon posts (with neutral tone, i hope) more recently which i really dislike doing. i probably didn't fool anyone with them anyways - i'm sure the regulars could figure out who posted them based upon the wording of the posts.
thanks again and take care,