Public notice to all.
We've had some fights lately. Some have wanted to keep bringing things up. That's not going to be tolerated.
A bit of background so you will understand past history. In the past we had some pretty bad issues with similar situations. It started off as name calling and so on. Real or just in fun, it was taken seriously. Members started to take sides and it got ugly before the threads got closed. Those involved weren't happy just letting it all drop. They went on to start other threads and pick up the fight where it left off. That didn't satisfy them as well, they took the fights to other sites, making ugly comments and so on. Many of those involved got banned, but the damage was already done. We lost a lot of really good members who weren't happy with how things got handled by the Mods at the time. Back then what Mods could or could not do was much more limited. We also lost a lot of good members who just didn't want to deal with the drama and didn't want to be involved with a site causing the kind of fights that were now going on on several other sites like Hobart, miller and several others.
Everyone gets mad and makes statements that they later regret. Or they make comments that get taken the wrong way and get interpreted in ways they were never meant. Some guys get boozed up and post things they wouldn't do otherwise. Usually a pubic slap on the wrist is enough to let most know, they went too far and need to back off. It ends there and it's no harm no foul. You get told by the Mods to let things drop and you don't, you are going to pay a penalty. In this case Kiwi can't post for 2 days.
Yes I'm making a public example of Kiwi. He's gotten a minor "ticket" for what he did. We gave him a warning the 1st time and he wanted to make a public statement in reply to Mikecwik's. Fine, I left his public statement up rather than delete it. Mikecwik got his public say, I'll give Kiwi his. However Kiwi also knew I told him NOT to respond if Mikecwik wanted to continue this, but to leave it to us. I told him specifically not to respond if he felt provoked. He was told to simply report the post or if it was a PM, forward it to a Mod. He chose not to do this, so he gets to not post for a while. He comes back and still wants to play this game, he's going to be gone. I know Zap or Steve will NOT play around, neither will I.
All of us who are Mods now saw what happened back then and will NOT let things get out of hand like that again. We are going to give people some room, but don't cross the line. Cross the line in a small way, and you are going to get slapped. Cross the line in a big way and you are gone, possibly with no warning.
If you get told to drop things and some one else doesn't want to let things go, DON'T respond. Report the post or forward the PM. We will take care of the issue depending what happened. Don't and you get to deal with the consequences even if you weren't the one starting the fight.