In reply to:
I've enjoyed some banter with Shelle thru PM (including a case of hitting on her), and she seems pretty much as she is, straight down the line and non accepting of bullshit (unless it's laced elegantly in wit). I think she started posting around the same time I joined and watched with interest as she became one of the most popular TW posters since I've been here. I think what put some people's nose out of joint (especially in the upper realms of the TW heirachy) was that this very attractive woman, very successful woman could hold her own against them - her intelligence was attuned to theirs
Good summation. I'm heartened that some people are paying attention and are able to follow all this. Though I must say my experience is the genuine intelligentsia here had no problem recognizing me as one of their own right out of the gate. It's the pseuds and wannabes who got distracted by the blonde locks and the yah rilly's.
Anyway, some clarifications.
I've not met Adam in person, having declined the invitation to do so after some deliberation. My point is that all posters should be treated with equal respect and courtesy by those in charge here. It shouldn't depend on being willing to meet them in real life or spend an entire month licking their ass in person.
Now, let's also be clear that I have absolutely no problem with Adam hitting on me. You can't flirt as outrageously as I did when I got here first and then cry foul when you get hit on. No: I was flattered (though not as flattered as I was when you hit on me, FB).
My problem is the difference between how Adam treated me as a poster before I rejected his invitation (when he was friendly, helpful and respectful) and after. Now I'm accustomed to a certain coolness from guys I've rejected, and I'm happy to put up with. What I'm not happy to put up with is someone abusing a position of power in their disappointment.
I don't even have a problem with people disliking me. Like me, dislike me, up to you. But at least be fucken honest about it. When K disliked me, or thought he did, he said it straight out. That's much better than sly insinuations, little digs that nobody else would notice, and hearing from third parties that someone is whispering against you. Far from being upset when Adam went public about his distaste for me, I was thrilled I'd finally forced him out into the open, where I could at least respond directly. That's why the moment is now immortalized in my signature.
"Yeah whatever Shelle. Looky, looky, I'm a hard nosed businesswoman." --- Our Lord and Master, Adam