But the decorum if not a rule was broken first by the op. It’s as if a poster posted in this forum the question," How do I make a chocolate milkshake?"
The content of the op would prompt a mod to move it to another forum.
I prefer the Rob Anybody Defense:* “An’ things ha’ come to a pretty pass, ye ken, if people are going to leave stuff like that aroound where innocent people could accidentally smash the door doon and lever the bars aside and take the big chain off’f the cupboard and pick the lock and drink it!”*
Mod probably should have issued a note reminding everyone that despite what the OP says, insults of other posters are not allowed outside of the pit. Then anyone insulting -after- that gets a paddling.
“Call me a jerk” doesn’t necessarily mean you have to do it so directly. It would have been perfectly possible for Inna Minnit to make it clear he/she thinks ThePretender is acting like a jerk in that thread (link for DrDeth) without resorting to overly judgemental rantings that involve calling him “a waste of human skin”. The “Oliver Hardy defence” (I like it) would be even less appropriate than the post itself.