I am sorry if my previous message was not clear enough.
There are many ways to communicate. There was once upon a time, long, long ago, a German philosopher by the name of Schopenhauer who was largely despised because he liked plain concepts. He was also bitter at Hegel having more students than him, and reportedly a misogynist, but his personal traits should not detract from the validity (or lack thereof) of his assertions.
You should try to read his "How to win an argument".
In the end it all boils down to whether "Truth" exists in itself or whether it depends on the words one of the speakers attaches to that "truth" to describe it.
So, let me repeat: just by saying "bad joke", "stubborn", "ridiculous", "silly man", etc... you do not strengthen your argument.
Truly, you can start a campaign against your chosen target using them and -almost- dash that person out of (or into) History by repeating many times your adjectives until they are so pervasive that any non-knowing-person (note: I twist a bit the language to avoid pejorative terms) will take them for granted and these qualifications become an apparent "truism". That won't make your arguments any better nor will change the Truth underneath (though you might occult it for a while to advance your interests).
If that's not clear enough, I would advice all those who complain about a full bottle to either buy only cartridges, get some experience, or ask others before disparaging a fellow human being. Cos', believe me, you are in for many surprises.
I (and I'm sure many others) have had half bottles of ink where it had dried in the cap and were tooooo hard to open (Parker, Cross, Waterman, Shaeffer, Montblanc...). Difficult to get one of those open without spilling ink out everywhere despite them being half empty (by the way, I finally solved this when I discovered silicon grease and started using it in the rim of the bottle, hopefully with no ill effects, but I confess I do not know if this may display ill effects later, though I -silly me- doubt it). Note that "silly me" was underscored because that was literally intended and not a style license.
I've had spills of ink when loading a cartridge with a syringe (simply when pinching a bubble in the mouth of the cartridge or in the bottle).
I had spills when filling a piston filler (or converter) pen after removing it from the ink (a drop in the point of the nib that would finally drop, or just before, while or after cleaning the submerged part of the section).
I've had the ink spilled when tipping a bottle on its side to collect those last drops of ink.
Do not let me start on the problems using eyedroppers, leaky pens, the ink spilled through breather holes, caps or bodies that unscrew with movement... And I could go on for hours.
The most I ever had was one or two tiny drops of Noodler's ink spilled on opening, and those cleared out easily if cleaned quickly. I've had much, much more disastrous spills with "safe" bottles.
I think that those, when one considers the whole view of the full fountain pen experience, are a minor drop in an ocean. Certainly, from my point of view, they do not accrue enough reasons to complain.
If we are to complain about seemingly "silly" (in the sense we would probably not make the same decision and therefore it must be subjectively "silly" from our egotistical point of view), why do not we talk about the other side of the spectrum, Stipula's Calamo inks,which also provide some appealing colors and whose bottles come only about half filled?
Could it be that it is not so much fun to adopt a pose of bashing some less known ink specially if you cannot attach words to an unidentifiable person?
But, hey, I am a silly old man (believe me, I am, and I am old enough to know I am) who started using fountain pens some 50 years ago, when philosophy was still taught at school (and Latin, by the way) to all, including Science students. What should I know?
And please, do remember I am a silly old man before getting upset and answering. I might not fully understand your finest arguments (no irony here).
Edited by txomsy, 29 December 2019 - 09:31.