This post is in response S.A.M.'s post 197 in the 75 year old woman.. thread in the Ethics forum. Too much flexibility can lead to hypocracy and people not knowing what the boundaries for a discussion entail. I can certainly agree that moderators expect and probably get preferential treatment, but is that what we want? What's wrong with instituting a few rules for -everyone- concerning what constitutes an acceptable dicussion on sci forums? Alright, let's break those sentences down. 1- I disagree that this issue has been put to rest (dead horse). 2- I've decided to listen to your suggestion that SFOG is the right place for this discussion, which is why this post is appearing there. 3- I had initially responded to Tiassa via PM alone, as he stated that that was an acceptable option. Personally, it made more sense to me to discuss any issues I might have with Tiassa's moderation (which I generally find to be fairly good) in Tiassa's forum, not take it here, where people may not know much of the back story. For the same reason, the majority of my initial response to his last green lettered post was via PM, but when I saw that Ophiolite was beginning a public discussion of the issues in his forum, I figured I might as well join in; there's no guarantee that Tiassa would ever respond to my PM anyway.