Originally Posted by herrubermensch
Last word on the matter: Rao is not a troll and never, in any post, used pejorative language with the intent to degrade--e.g., calling someone a "boy" in the pejorative sense--when disagreeing with someone. Yes, I agree, Rao's sarcasm could run away with him, and he was called out for it and warned many times. But you are correct that because we know that Rao was always trying to have fun and never intending to hurt, and provided tremendous constructive knowledge, assistance, and yes, criticism, I give him a pass. I can't speak for others. It's a pretty screwed up world if we are somehow prohibited from distinguishing between internet trolls and Rao when moderating the board. BTW, note that I am using the past tense because Rao doesn't post here anymore. THAT was a real loss for this board. Kpeng's banning--not so much.
I never called Rao a troll. I'm commenting on the quantity of the offense, not the quality. If he was actually warned then actually that restores a bit of my faith in the board. But too little too late. The fact he doesn't post anymore is absolutely irrelevant to the current argument.
"I give him a pass". Again, I'm glad YOU are the arbiter of good taste and civility on the board. I don't even think you and guys like Sailor can see the "this-is-our-board-the-rest-of-you-are-just-visiting" tone of many of your posts.
So because Rao occasionally provided useful information we can excuse awful behavior. OK. (again I'm not arguing his knowledge, I'm sure he's forgotten more than I'll ever know about cars)
We can all distinguish between trolls and Rao, what's that got to do with anything? I'm commenting on YOUR double standard here.
Peter, listen, I honestly believe you are probably a gentleman and a scholar. But you are wrong on this one. A year from now I think you will look back on this thread and regret your actions. But right now, you are so entrenched in your position that I doubt you can even seen the logic of my argument. "A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still." That kind of thing.
Lastly, food for thought. I know you are a vendor. You are a nice guy providing a valuable service so I'm sure you will do just dandy. But I would advise you in the future that before you hand down judgment from on high that you consider the perception of your actions. Because of your behavior in this matter, you've lost any future business you might have had from me. I suspect others feel the same.
This is my last post as well.