« on: June 18, 2013, 01:49:59 PM »
...This forum seems pretty much like all human-moderated forums. The playing field is not level, and certain members receive more perks and latitude. That's true of all such forums of course. These members will make snide remarks, and if you respond in kind...you will get banned...if the mod wants to ban you. It's all very juvenile and click-ish like junior high school (or perhaps prison), but that's a forum for ya...
Very well put. Personally I find some of the sarcastic, snide comments that the "popular kids" use to goad some of the less sophisticated users more objectionable than the outright insults. Especially when those being picked on are from outside the English speaking world and may not understand certain nuances of language and behavior.
I actually think "banning" someone is itself kind of childish and needs to be reserved for extreme cases. There are a certain percentage of participants that are clearly social misfits with obsessive tendencies. The rest of the community has a certain responsibility not to feed their compulsions, even if it might be entertaining at times to try to do so.