Some people need to back off here. This was a serious post about a serious matter, but the thread has become a train of personal abuse.
If the bigwigs on the site keep throwing their weight around, punters are going to think twice about posting. We need to feel free to post without the fear of being drawn into a personal slanging match. I thought twice about this post, and that doesn't make for a healthy useful forum.
All excellent points. Thank you.
We may be punters but that does not mean we are not gents. Some seem to like playing up to the common stereotype of graceless social inadequates with no interpersonal skills. Something that is not the case with the vast majority of other punters I've met.
This WAS a serious point and my hope was that it might alert others to this shenanigans, but as you say, it is now buried under a pile of shit.
A moderator should be above partiality and mediate in an unfortunate spats, not instigate them. Again, that is not personal abuse or a barb, that is a very general observation of how ANY forum moderator should conduct themselves.
For those who are seemingly content to play up to the unfortunate and inaccurate punter stereotypes, they don't need me to identify them as such. My ignoring them marks them out but gives them no further oxygen on this thread.