Sometime ago, I had a PM from a forumite inquiring if I was soaking off. Right on top of that PM came Chickenboy's posts in my AAR. Putting the two together - especially from the tone - was easy.
I was not, did not and have never used soaking off missions. I think my reputation is such that my word alone would be enough, but apparently not, which really bothered me. The more I thought about it, the angrier I got.
I will be glad to make my files available so that anybody can check and see what TFs were out there and how I handled things, though I can't imagine anyone would want to go to that much trouble. But if you do, you'll see that I've always had lots of traffic between Sabang and Ceylon (duh!) and that all the TFs that were there were legit - supply and reinforcements inbound, empties and cripples outbound, etc. When John sprung his carriers forward, I did my best to get everything out of harm's way and largely succeeded.
I hope you can understand that one who hasn't done something doesn't like being repeatedly accused of doing it.
But another thing that rankled is that it was John taking maximum advantage of the game mechanics to work a nonhistoric advantage, yet to my knowledge nobody has called him on it. So I get accused of doing something I didn't do, but John doesn't get called on something he did do.
What I'm speaking of is his use of carriers to leap forward 18 hexes into my main sea lane. His carriers were under constant patrol surveillance. I knew right where they were. In real life, I could have immediately recalled my TFs as soon as his carriers started forward, but due to the game mechanics, I had to wait 24 hours.
Nothing wrong with what he did. That's just the way the game works and we all do it and enjoy it. But I think you can see that he indeed used a nonhistoric capability to his fullest advantage. But when he did so, I was the one accused of bad faith.
Man, that chapped me.
What I have found is CR that there is a religious base in this forum. By religious I mean they are ridged and emotional in their belief systems, and not willing to have a dialogue. The emotional part comes in fervent and self-righteous postings. I too have been personally attacked for my perspective. What I have found to be a good countermeasure is to simply block those that are both religious in their views and obnoxious in the presentation. I simply stopped my AAR and with blocking I still enjoy the forum, dialogue with those I find with interesting views, and share my passion for WitP AE,
Whether it be how TFs and convoys are handled, ground bombing of troops, strat bombing, non-base landings, and on and on, certain things get branded as 'cheating' if they are not in accord with how some people want them.