Belittling comments are against the Rules
. When the rules are repeatedly broken in a thread by a number of members, as was the case in your thread, we post warnings to stop and then eventually close them, issuing strikes to the most egregious offenders. We have been at a point, hopefully turning now, where we had a small group of members more or less ruining it for everyone else (discussion here
). Part of that was evidenced in the thread you started, Dingo. Hopefully, cooler heads are prevailing and we won't have to close as many threads as we did last week.
Please also keep in mind that the staff here is all volunteers. We use the moderation note/closure system because we simply don't have the time or interest to hold a few members hands because they can't follow the Rules
. The Rules
are clear and we do out best to ensure they are even applied.
Finally, closing a thread doesn't mean the debate is dead. Everyone is welcome to open similar threads to those closed after a few days of closure. Sometimes a small cooling off period and a fresh start is all we need.