Somehow I feel as though I'm being thought of as the enemy, so I think it's time to explain myself. Gruntboy received a serious warning from me a couple of months ago after which he promised not to lose his temper again. Additionally, I was told earlier this weekend that if I allowed members such as Gruntboy to continue slinging insults that certain members would leave the forum. Either way, the forum loses.
Gruntboy received a warning, and blatantly went far beyond breaking the rules by posting profanity and purposely avoiding the filter to do so. I know many of you have emailed/PMed me to say that this type of behavior has happened in the past without someone being banned, but please keep in mind that I don't read 99% of what gets posted here in the forums. Not because I don't want to, but because my time is extremely limited. I have a fulltime job (aside from GB), I'm finishing the basement in my house, I have a dog and girlfriend that need attention, and I have an entire network of RPGs to maintain (as well as up and coming projects) - all of which I do pretty much by myself. Therefore, I can only address what gets complained about, and this incident caused many emails to flood my inbox.
Although some of you may feel that I'm being unfair, I can only address what's brought to my attention. If other people are breaking the rules that I don't know about, please let me know. I don't enjoy banning anyone, especially someone who has helped moderate these forums for the last year or two.
So, what is the answer to future issues like this? Should I keep my nose out of the forums completely, and leave the reprimanding to the moderators? Should a person receive numerous warnings before they're banned? Should we let things slide completely and allow insults and profanity to be posted?
Speak your mind! Let me know what you'd like to me to do in order to avoid conflict yet give members the freedom to say what they want.