Two minor announcements to make (well, one is not so minor).
The first is that the issues with the Morphorums and their members appear to be solved. That doesn't mean I'm not skeptical (and they know that I am), but I have appreciated the apologies that have come my way. I do want to express, to them and to you all, that I never took anything personal. The only thing I was really offended about was the harrassment that was involved: the utter crap that was posted about me here and on their forums alike. My personal well being didn't matter; what did matter to me was what the spam and posted insults on Scholars were doing to the forum and to the members here. I have accepted the apologies per viso things come to a permanent halt; I trust those good favors will continue.
The second, which is far more important in terms of this board, is my concern with the hostilities still present. We have never addressed it directly, though it has been discussed amongst the administrators before, but there needs to be something clarified now: you cannot hide flames through emoticons and 'sarcasm' and expect it to not be considered a flame.
Throughout my time here on Scholars, I have seen countless members use
in response to someone's argument. These emoticons certainly have their uses on this board; using them to insult someone or their argument is not one of them. The same goes for 'sarcasm'. There are plenty of uses for sarcasm; flaming someone with it is not acceptable. I will not accept the excuse "It was just sarcasm" or "Haven't you ever heard of sarcasm?" in response to some 'witty' comment that is a poorly hidden flame. I certainly have heard of sarcasm, most of the members have heard of sarcasm, and a poor use of sarcasm cannot be excused simply by labelling it sarcasm. The label 'sarcasm' does not disguise the fact that it is a flame, and it will be dealt with as such.
If you have to insult someone, keep it to yourself. If you want to criticize their argument, do it properly, by providing proof of the holes in their logic or the falsity of the facts they have presented. Do not take it upon yourself to belittle another person, ever.
Hence, to those guilty parties, do not be surprised if you find yourself recieving warnings for 'sarcasm' or 'emoticons' that I've labelled flaming. Learn to debate without insulting and belittling, and you won't have to recieve warnings of this nature.