Lets get rid of The Self-absorbed Commenter and His Merry Band of Exception-to-the-Rulers
Arguments and irritation spring eternal from this group. Within the first few comments of a controversial post will be the omnipresent Expression of Non-Participation, the "exception-to-the-rule-ism" that is a greater indication of missing the point than anything out there. It is a self-indulgent, habitual reflex for countless commenters on any blog which posts topical content. Sexism and racism are probably the two largest catalysts, but religion, politics, pets and food will stir it up, too. Oh, and just try to generalize about pot smoking - you'll get more "not me's" than you can load a bong with.
It happens when a blogger posts a generalization, such as "we have become a world of x," or "most men prefer this/most women prefer that," or "white people this, black people that," and a commenter chimes in with the inevitable: "I don't know where you are getting your information, because my friends and I are certainly not like that!"
Well guess what, douche bag? Nobody cares. There are very few statements that can be made which do not have an exception (or a thousand), so save the disingenuous, self-aggrandizing hand washing for someone else. This post is not about you - none of them are about you - but you do get a bonus bag of syphilis if it is a comment on a post about selfish tendencies in our culture.
Unless the post calls you out by name, don't pipe up to proclaim your conflicting proclivities. If you just read something that said people from Nebraska drive more Chevys, but you are from Nebraska and like Fords, relax. Logging in just to announce your lofty individualism as some kind of a refutation of the point is just an egomaniacal waste of time.
Warning: I send a plague of wasps to the home of the first commenter who says he doesn't do this or asks if I am talking about him. You do, and I am.