Bob, are you kidding?
I think that Dom has answered some of the questions very nicely. One thing to keep in mind is as pointed out is that we see posts that are reported, and I receive e-mails at times pointing out a problem or possible problem with posts and threads, and we have seen increased posts that do seem to be going over the line lately. Simply locking a thread or deleting the post is something that was discussed when coming up with the new rule. The problem with that is it has been used in the past and that even if we warn the person they may behave for a while and then repeat as if there are never going to be repercussions. This is why this new policy is in place. One thing to keep in mind about interpreting what is rude or offensive is often just knowing the two individuals. Are they good friends who kid back and forth in this way or are they people who genuinely dislike each other and this has been an ongoing issue between them? That is where the moderators will consults and take note of the patterns of behavior and if they are disruptive because of bad feelings between member which causes them to post messages that others here may think are beneath the dignity of this forum and may be repeated in the future if only a slap on the wrist is the consequence. Another thing to keep in mind in some of these issues is that it is easy to criticize while not getting out of hand and staying polite. Telling someone that they haven't thought something through or are ignorant is the same as telling them they have 's__t for brains', but one comment is adult in nature during a debate, the other is immature, rude and offensive in nature. Willie, we will always have political incorrectness here, but we do ask that common sense be used. Remember, this is a free forum with few rules and that all of us need to remember is that we are guests in someone else's house and should stick to a sense of decorum. One problem that comes up on forums at times is that we forget that the First Ammendment and being politically incorrect ends when it violates the rules and the rule would not be there unless there was a problem.