We all tend to have pet names for our spouses. I call my wife, "mom".
My wife always calls me, "honey".
It is so cute when my 3yo is trying to get my attention, he puts a hand on each side of my head and turns my face to him, and he yells, "Honey!!"
But in these cases, we are talking about "terms of endearment" -- names that intimate couples share between each other.
Outside the home, certain terms used in describing people are condescending in nature, and should not be used in a professional environment.
For example: honey, dear, sweetheart, sugar, love, etc.
When a man calls a woman he barely knows, "honey" and proceeds to explain why "she" is wrong, who can derive anything from that conversation that suggests anything less than he thinks himself better and/or smarter than her.
Honey has no place in a professional environment, unless you are making a sandwich in the office lunch room, or two professionals in the building are sneaking off to share "private time" together in the broom closet.
When a man calls a woman he barely knows "honey" in a public forum, then starts to berate her when she takes issue with it, he is only showing the world how much of a male chauvinist pig he really is...
And to do so in a professional online environment screams, "Amateur!!!"
I strongly suspect that this is a case of "nerds hiding behind computer keyboards."
Would this person or any other "professional" behave this way in a face-to-face meeting?
I doubt it...
Am I saying that we should all strive to play more nice?
Any bad behavior that is allowed to be repeated without reprimand is behavior that will soon become the norm.
Within this forum, other forums, and in my daily life, I strive to treat people with kindness and respect, up until the point where they show themselves unworthy of such respect.
People who demand respect, but show no respect to others, will be introduced to the public smack-down. And I am happy to be that stick.
If that makes me a jerk, then so be it...
But maybe when you learn to treat others with decency and respect, you will begin to see the same from us... :rolleyes:
Until then, the best you can hope to expect is flies (trolls) swarming to consume you and your "honey".