Folks, whenever I close a DIY thread I post the following statement:
Mike Holt's Forum recently broke a new record for number of posts in a thread - but the conclusion of that happy achievement was tainted by the fact that the thread had to be relocated due to the content of some of the posts.A reminder to all members, if you see a questionable post, feel free to report it by clicking the button at the bottom left corner of the post.
This thread had over 2,500 posts (beating the previous record of 782 handily), and over 48,000 views, and was of such an epic quality and technical nature that it would have stood proudly as an example of what amazing people contribute to this forum.
Due to the overwhelming nature of the thread, it's sheer volume, it really proved to be a nightmare for moderation. The moderators would love to put it back, but trying to comb through a thread of that size to see when someone started a subtle personal attack, and begin weeding out those comments would be a onerous task. The subtle nature of the jabs, concealed in highly technical argument, made the task impossible.
We have lost this thread in part due to people not using the report post function attached to every post. If you feel that someone has attacked you personally, you are not supposed to respond to that attack. Report the post so that the moderators are specifically notified, and so we have a starting point before things get out of hand.
Right now the moderators field comments days, even weeks, after an event along the lines of "Well, he started it." That is not an acceptable defense for a personal attack on your part, and we will direct you to this thread as you lose privileges when you post inflammatory remarks.
Report posts - it makes it easier (and more fair) on everybody.