I humbly submit that this newfound 'tolerance' may be the result of all the recent constructive efforts on the part of some to bring the mod-troll tactic/problem out into open forum scrutiny? During which recent constructive efforts some HAVE BEEN banned for speaking up constructively for fair play. lol. And it wasn't immediate ban one had to fear; it was subsequent 'payback' via mod-troll baiting, personal disparagement, thread/discussion sabotage/spoiling etc etc until the 'target for payback' was goaded into 'infraction' so that the mod-troll combo could 'apply the rules' in their double-standard expedient way and THEN ban the target. Sometimes they weren't even that subtle, and actually gloated in open forum about what they did! Ego and power and lack of real accountability according to mutual standards makes some people abusers of the system and they don't even realize they are doing anything wrong. That is what the problem has been. The banning is a mere 'delayed symptom' of that 'disease' which eats away at the integrity and credibility of 'authority' wherever that disease goes unrecognized and untreated. Prevention is better than cure. Change the site's modus operandi so that all contentious issues are fully aired in OPEN forum and only after exhaustive to-and-fro should the members make an informed decision to support/object-to banning someone on either 'side' of the issue. It would NOW be foolhardy for a mod-troll to engage in the old ways of personal agendas 'business as usual', wouldn't it? The troll-mod combos may be malicious and egotistical, but they are not stupid. They can see that their future tactics/behaviour (which was in the past 'protected' by PM 'anonymity' and control of 'due process' and double-standard application of 'the rules') will be held directly/more accountable immediately in open forum (as it should always have been so that we could have avoided all this distraction from what the site should be about). To discourage bad discussions does not justify ruining good discussions. There is a way to discern and discuss which is bad and why....and ONLY after giving the subject a chance to explain/justify/retract IN OPEN FORUM, for all to see that no double standards etc etc are applied, should a member be banned. No back room machinations and power plays and subtle (and sometimes unsubtle!) intimidatory tactics/intrusions etc. Just common courtesy and fair play and right of reply/defense/retraction as appropriate form EITHER 'side' on the issue. Being heavy handed and unfair and controlling the 'process' to the members' disadvantage is no way to garner respect for the rules, process and mods. That way lay frustration and continuing conflict which a smidgin of good faith and common sense and fair play would minimize such that admin/mod/members can get on with what we should all be here for: community, science, humanity and open discourse of all these things from diverse/new perspectives. Billvon, by your last comment there, you have given me cause to hope that the heretofore 'ban at will' threat for personal tactics/grudges is now a thing of the past! Good luck to you and this site. Cheers!