You're not here to discuss anything, you're here to call out the person who bad repped you, and usually give them a childish nickname, question their sexual prowess and quite possibly their parentage. You're just having fights and flamewars and that's still against forum rules.
Perhaps we just need to take away the ability of everyone to issue badreps if they cause this much trouble.
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So far as I can tell, Rules 1, 5, and 6 are the only rules that are worth explicit consideration in relation to the "chatting" that goes on in this thread.
Assuming that oranges's original post in response to Sir Winston Cabbagehill's badrep was not in direct violation of any of these rules, I see no just and fair reason for its deletion. It is senseless to arbitrarily declare, "This thread should be a mere list and should contain no discussion of any kind." I do not see within the list of rules anything that would support such a decree. I think that scarecrows brilliantly demonstrated the wrongheadedness of this decree with his simple and obvious rejoining request:
can we start another thread in which we can post the badreps AND discuss about them so the purpose of THIS thread remains immaculate?
If the concern is that the discussion in this thread would tend towards the violation of Rules 5 and 6, fair enough; however, a quick and cursory survey of most of the current GM threads would be sufficient to demonstrate how loosely
the moderators tend to interpret "personal attacks" and "harrassment."
For example, JM is frequently trolling into threads in which Nole_Fan posts, belittling her, and slinging gratuitous insults at her and Djokovic in an obvious attempt to provoke and irritate her. Whether or not the mods find this justified because they are annoyed by the Nole-spam (looking at AJ in particular) is irrelevant; it still seems to violate Rules 5 and 6 without any consequences.
It seems that the "personal attacks" and "harrassment" must be pretty severe
before they stir the mods into action. If this is the case, then this thread should be allowed to proceed in the manner in which it has heretofore proceeded, requiring moderator intervention only when these rules are violated with the requisite "severity."
: I would be highly surprised if oranges's deleted post was in greater violation of Rules 5 and/or 6 than is JolanGago's use of "Scrott" in violation of Rule 1.
I don't find it particularly offensive, mind; the point is merely one of consistency.