I do undestand what the op is stating. I just joined wrx and it does seem that some are extra quick to critique language used even when it has no impact on the true intent of the question. The op should have just asked about proper play of a plugged ball so as to not get a dissertation on four ball or how to play a lost ball.
I just re-read this entire thread after reading your post. I don't believe that anyone was being quick or short with the OP, but rather everyone was polite -- and helpful as well.
The OP asked a question and had it answered. One poster said there was an implication of match play, which there was. The OP attempted to defend his technically incorrect language, and it was pointed out why the poster was not mistaken about the implication of match play. There was much to be learned here, but that doesn't seem to be the way things worked out, and I'm hard pressed to find fault with anyone here who was trying to help.
If everyone is willing to be open to learn something new, great things can happen here. The rules are complicated, and technical. You frequently can't have a cogent conversation about them without being specific about the language you use. There is a sound reason why the Rules' definition section comes before the actual Rules themselves, and why each of the actual Rules has a comment about definitions at its beginning. It's not done to be annoying about language, it's done to be clear about rulings. Really!
Edited by Sawgrass, 30 January 2013 - 10:59 PM.