Lads, it appears to me this situation needs to be dealt with by PM before it escalates again unnecessarily. It would be a shame for people to be shooting themselves in the foot over what is not exactly a massive issue, IMO.
For what it’s worth my opinion is that Dub 95’s original comment was objectionable but not the worst we’ve seen. I was actually enjoying his/her posts, I didn’t agree at all with some of the comments but I took it as biased fan funny contribution, and it was funny, harmless stuff really.
Where it went wrong was in not responding properly to the moderator’s call to withdraw the offensive word. Even if you can argue it was a bit harsh, the point is that there’s a way of dealing with it, and Dub 95’s way was the wrong way, which was to ignore the warning and take the piss out of it. If any organisation allows the people who run it to be treated like that, they undermine the running of it badly. Dub 95 may have been arguably in some way right about the treatment of the use of the word but the point here in the end was when you get taken to Task, don’t try to claim you didn’t know the winters are cold there. (Unless you were really bad at Geogo).
When you weigh it all up, it just wasn’t worth getting into a row over, just simply withdraw the word, and have a proper debate about fairness etc. Or do it by PM. Mods can’t get everything exactly right, or exactly how every very different person here would want it, just like refs. So they have to be treated with respect for the thankless job they do.
Just to repeat, I enjoy Dub95’s humour and sharpness but I think it’s a big mistake to continue escalating this issue, sometimes even for the sharpest sparks, “discretion is the better part of valour”. Keep up the good work everyone.