Originally Posted by Blarraun
I'm not one to tell you what you should do. In my eyes this isn't classy and in my opinion is a very jerky move to speak badly of past members who didn't earn their ban to deserve such admonishment.
I know you hated him, he hated you, that's sort of the gist, what's the point of attacking his person is beyond me. Do you seek to convince everyone he's worthless and negative?
I think the point is from Sinny's perspective, Bronto earned a ban a long time ago and didn't get one. I definitely remember it getting quite ugly between the 2 of them. On the other hand maybe Sinny could have been banned too. I didn't pay a lot of specific attention to their schism.
One of the jobs of moderators is to actually moderate things, smooth the waters, make things more peaceful when it is possible. This requires some willingness on the part of forum participants. On my own gamedesign-l there's even a final clause that debators are expected to voluntarily de-escalate a conflict if it gets out of hand. People who aren't willing to do that, "are in the wrong".
How wrong is wrong? We didn't have many situations over the years where moderators were really really needed. But having some petulant brat tell you "fuck you" to your face twice, when you tried to turn the other cheek the 1st time and let them reconsider how they wanted to participate in the forum... enough is enough. At some point you stamp out the vipers because they are vipers, they've proven they're a viper, they want to take the role of a viper, they just want to antagonize you to work out their own psycho dramas, they are thoroughly toxic individuals... sometimes they just have to go.
I don't know
if anything happened between Broto and the moderators but I can easily imagine
it happening, 'cuz I've been there.
Moderation isn't some infinite resource of patience for a wayward child. If that latest Robot Master handle was indeed Bronto, then he did nothing to convince any mod that he should stay or be reconsidered. He proved that he still wants to rage and tweak their noses and not be conciliatory about anything. Mod message should be pretty clear in a case like that: "that don' work". Such a person can grow up on their own time for awhile, instead of at everyone else's expense.
I'm often given to wonder the number of people who haven't learned the "punch in the nose" lesson about forum communication. If someone would likely punch you in the nose for saying something in real life, not that everyone or anyone would but you'd definitely be cruisin' for a bruisin', then perhaps it's not something that one should post online. [*] A lot of people don't seem to have any standards of civility about that, and absent moderators, they turn forums into real shitholes real fast. I prefer not to have to deal with a shithole forum most of the time. So if some eggs gotta get broken to make the omelette, fine.
There's no way anyone can convince me at this point that Bronto isn't partly responsible for his circumstances. I've seen his posting style often enough. I really don't know, and don't entirely care, if the present instance is "exactingly fair." Maybre it is, maybe it isn't. There's stuff I know I haven't read, and I didn't have to mod this guy.
One should be responsible for one's own mouth. That includes saying things like "I'm sorry", or if not, then at least avoiding interaction with someone you don't want to deal with anymore. As opposed to turning forums into drama fests where one yells about how aggrieved and wronged one is, never taking responsibility for how one did the dance.
[*] On the streets of the USA, "punched in the nose" can also mean getting knifed / shot / dead. You can't
say anything you like to just anyone.