I had a bad experience on the Warcraft official forums recently. I wrote a post here about it, but I deleted it because if I dwell I'll just keep crying. In the end, it was a guy making a joke that I called him on, and people got mad at me.
The moral of the story is, if you need something, don't go to the forums. Just ask me for help, or a friend. I'll do my best if it's in my power -- I really will. But nobody needs to go through the kind of trash that I did today.
My husband made me promise I'd never go back to that forum, ever. I agreed, but went on while he watched to delete all of my posts and links to this blog. I didn't read any of the new posts or any of the old. Part of getting past something is learning to let it go.
As a happy ending, my friends are going to rally forces to help me with what I wanted: getting a Bombay cat. So I never have to ask strangers for help again.
Edit: Happy joyful news! The fellow that made the joke talked to me (during a battle ground, but we were losing, so it didn't matter) and we both apologized for the misunderstanding, and we're cool. He also went out of his way to send me -- you guessed it -- a Bombay that a friend had given him a while back. I told him he didn't need to, but he insisted. Wasn't it sweet of him? I felt so much better about the whole thing after we talked that I smiled the rest of the night.
If only I were level 70 and could do something nice back.