I don't quite know what I was expecting when I started this other thread, but I know what I intended and what I was hoping for. The author, Randy Moser, send a PM basically blasting me for posting the original article here (too bad for you, Randy--public domain and all that) and the responses he received, not as a motorist, but as a cyclist wondering why he was getting attacked on cycling forum.
Here is an article obviously written by someone who is not hardcore on the A&S side of things, but who professes to bike commute. He happened to publicly call out some other cyclists for what he thought was inappropriate behavior in traffic. What I'd hoped is that there could be some constructive criticism and discussion about his approach. Not that I specifically steered it that way; my fault for not asking or commenting as such.
I should have known better, this being A&S, forum of staunch opinion, but where this writer was coming from an A&S naive viewpoint that I haven't seen too much of around here, I'd certainly hoped for more. Certainly the tone of his writing, while entertaining, was inflammatory, but maybe that could have been pointed out with a bit more tact? Because otherwise, it read much like any other thread around here which leans "idiot cyclist doing boneheaded things."
I was surprised that the author decided to join the discussion and even hopeful at that point that there might be some kind of helpful exchange of information that might illuminate both sides as to the POV of the other. But like in so many other threads, it just went south. In hindsight, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised.
If we can't talk with any civillity to other cyclists on a forum like this, it makes me wonder what chance advocacy has in the real world. Certainly soured what could have been some kind of ally--how many people actually write editorials, or even columns--on the advocacy scene...
I'd hoped to add this to the actual thread, but by the time I went to do so, it had already been locked.