I just saw that I received a warning from you:
People were having some interesting discussions about immigration when BrainGlutton drops it a big heaping pile of straw that he found elsewhere, as is his style. Never mind that most of these topics were not being discussed, that most of them were pure straw, not in any way showing a position anyone had taken in the debate, and that most of them have been discussed on these boards before proving at the very least, the information offered was incomplete and woefully on-sided, but he just drops it in with ZERO analysis or commentary. Although he started the thread, his contributions were minimal. As usual. This is something he’s been called on before. Another poster commented that this latest offering was just a huge pile of straw, and then I made my post. In it, I described what he did as unhelpful to that debate and compared his action to the SNL character/talk show host, Linda Richman.
I knew I was in GD, so didn’t call him names or unleash invective (which would have been perfectly deserved because he does it so often). I simply compared what he did to the only person I know of who is known for the same type of action. In fact, she’s famous for it. THAT part of the character’s shtick.
So, are we now not allowed to compare poster’s actions to those of other people, real or fictional. Are comparisons to characters like Chicken Little, The Grinch, Karnac The Great, Inspector Javert, Eugene McCarthy, Nero, Ozzie Osborne, Jay Gatsby, The Dark Night, Pollyanna, The Wild and Crazy Guys, Eddie Haskel, Scarlet O’Hara, The Dude, Mr. Burns, Lolita, The Roadrunner, Svengali, Nate Thurm, Louis DePalma, Jim Ignatowski, Cliff Claven, Frank Burns, Elmer J. Fudd, Kramer, Mata Hari, Benedict Arnold, Joseph Goebbels, Oswald Bates (Damon Wayans as inmate), Norman Bates, Keith Richards, Lindsay Lohan, Barney Fife, Gladys Cravitz, Ralph Kramden?
I chose these characters because they can each be used rot make a point about someone, in a negative way, without becoming and insult strong enough to merit Mod action. On the other hand, in GD I’ve seen “bigot” and “homophobe” used rather regularly. The term “racist” is also used very loosely (possibly in that very thread) and often.
The point is twofold: one, I don’t se how describing BrainGlutton’s actions to that of Linda Richman rises to the level of “insult” that is forbidden in GD. It’s merely a way to describe the negative behavior in the light it deserves, without hurling ad hominems or invective. Is that no longer allowed?
Two, if this type of characterization is now forbidden, I think a simple admonition was called for, to communicate that the mods view that type of characterization as close enough to an “an insult” as to not want to allow it. I’d have no problem with that. I wouldn’t agree that it’s the right call, but I accept that they the powers that be have the right to mold the boards how they see fit.
So, in light of the above I request that you downgrade The Warning.