DJ (sorry for not quoting)
If you look at all the times E_R became uncivil it was due to him getting mod warnings for something when he didn't break any rules, unless the civility rules for some reason prevent asking questions and challenging other opinions. I'm not using this to justify the responses but at times has seemed like baiting. The point I am trying to make is that when E_R has been flagged up in mod mode it has been for unfair reasons especially when others have made downright racist and bigoted comments that have never been flagged up by mods. The civility rules only seem to be enforced when they suit people and this always seems to coincide when a mod disagrees with a member, or the civility rules apply to some and not others.
I think you have a valid point, but it still becomes a question on how best to handle un-fair treatment. Should people be allowed to act however they like if they're not being treated fairly? If the mods are being inconsistent, and we're bothered by it, shouldn't we point out those circumstances rather than getting personal with each other?
Again, for instance, when ER and I were arguing, a mod came in and told us BOTH to knock it off. So I did. I left the thread and didn't post again. ER just could NOT seem to do this. He kept posting, started directing his posts to people in a personal manner (he compared us to theists, I think) and wouldn't stop until he got the last word in (which he did).
If you have an issue with how some things are done here, I think that's valid, but I just really have a hard time feeling like he was a victim in all of this. ETA: Also, personally, I can't really think of another member who acted uncivil (got personally insulting with another poster) and wasn't reprimanded for it because of a mod's personal feelings. Maybe it happened, but I can't really think of any?