As for the Chan fans getting defensive, it is hard not to when you see him being trashed over and over again (and I am not referring to well-informed and respectful criticism of his skating or scoring here). And there is a difference between "polic[ing] threads about him, ... excoriat[ing] and complain[ing] about anyone who is the slightest bit critical or who makes the slightest fun (not even of him, but of the way he's been consistently over-scored, and over-hyped)" and disagreeing with with some of the criticism about Patrick or how he is being scored. I agree that some fans (not just of Patrick, but of other skaters) do the former, but sometimes I also think that those who do the latter are thrown into the same category.
I did not say that what you said about Chan's exhibition was "disrespectful," I just said that it did not indicate to me that you thought he performed well. I was teasing a bit and that is why I used the
And lastly, you are right, we should all try our best not to misinterpret posts and make assumptions.