I too have received a personal message. The first I have ever received in all the years I have been on the board.
"New to the board and very dissapointed that you and others choose to reply with sarcasm. I expected polite and civil replies.
If you cannot have something constructive and polite to say why bother?" Lizanne
Dear Lizanne, I am very sorry that I caused you disappointment. My comment was meant as a light hearted joke and I'm regret any offence I caused.
You are very welcome to the board and I hope that you will stick around.
Many of us have been on here for years and understand each other's sense of humour. We generally are a good bunch who are quick to say sorry and only too glad to help those with a gardening problem...however over the years there have been ups and downs - people who have turned out not to be who they said they were; people pushing their own product or service; spammers etc. so when a new person starts a thread - especially one which stirs up people's emotions as opposed to asking a general gardening query and then don't enter into the discussion it makes us wary.
Hoping after getting off on the wrong foot we can all get back in step and tiptoe through the daisies together, best wishes