It just screams as inconsistency to me how my 'Dull Forum' comment was seen as backseat moderating, yet mountaindewslaves "Abel should be banned for this" regardless of what context mods see it as, goes unpunished. The funny thing is I see many posts of MDS breaking the rules, and I have reported them before, and the worst that is done is the post is removed. How is that fair? On numerous occasions he/she has accused Janowicz of being on steroids, and iirc drug allegations without proof are a serious offence, and in fact the infraction I got for drug allegations is the one I accept the most, yet they are constantly making these accusations and getting away scot free?
Listen, I understand moderating is a hard job, and you mods know that I respect all of you, and get a long with most of you on a personal level on/off the forum, but it does get on my nerves a little the fact that things are so inconsistent in terms of certain users getting away with multiple rule violations, whilst others get reported and are banned right away. If moderators want to gain more respect from the forum users there needs to be a display of consistency, I understand it is hard to get, but when I see users getting away with things I have been banned for in the past right away, it is extremely frustrating and I feel like I have been robbed.
I do understand how you feel, this can be a tough area to deal with for both forumers and moderators and consistency is always one of the main goals for moderators in any forum, while trying to be fair towards all members. It's about trying to strike a fine balance between imposing the rules, being fair, giving the benefit of the doubt wherever possible and not being too strict or too lenient with anyone in the process.
The moderators are one group, but they are also a bunch of individuals, with their own levels of judgement. But what you need to know is, whenever someone breaks forum rules they always run the risk of getting a warning/infraction. Sometimes you'll see your posts are just deleted, or you may get a verbal warning. I've deleted some of your posts myself in fact, where you've toed the line, but gave you the benefit of the doubt. Continuing to do this overtime will most likely result in action that goes beyond just deleting your posts. So those you think haven't been rightfully banned are not being given special treatment at all, if they continue to behave that way, they will likely be infracted.