Here is at least a partial list of those commenters who have been banned from BSD:
I am mostly a "rules" kind of guy. I drive right at the speed limit, at 2 am I stop at flashing red lights, etc. I realize there have to be limits in order to maintain civility and decorum, but I also realize that stressful events create a huge range and depth of emotions. Therefore, the limits of tolerance should be stretched during those times of extreme stress.
Honestly, I don't know what led to each of these folks being banned. I did stumble across part of a debate between jtothep and one of the mods, but didn't lock onto it enough to know it would lead to the bannhammer. I will say that, IN MY OPINION, that particular mod was thin-skinned in some instances AND was engaged in some self-congratulatory postings: He posted letters from non-PSU fans that essentially praised him for criticizing some opinions that were counter to his own.
Perhaps I don't perfectly understand the nature of BSD. I thought it was a public forum that was sponsored by a few gracious folks. Is it instead a bully pulpit for a few, with those few only tolerating the rest of us (esp. when our posts happen to coincide with the party line)?
As I have mentioned before, I think BSD has been far above the other message sites; thus the bannings come as a shock and disappointment. I will stress again: I do NOT know exactly what led to the bans. I am posting this to ask that the tolerance limits in these stressful times be broadened, not curtailed. I agree that respect is important and that personal attacks should not be allowed; beyond those vague boundaries I hope that it is recognized that the events of this week have been hugely disruptive to us all, and that strong reactions are to be expected.
De Oppresso Liber
P.S. Apparently my formatting skills are sadly lacking. Sorry for the run-on paragraph.
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