TBH Pat, I kind of enjoy the free for all anarchy on here sometimes. In the real world, people have to learn how to deal with other people. All their good and all their bad.
The danger is that the site turns into a place where someone turns up on a moderators bad day and gets banned for almost nothing.
I know if this was any other site, I would have been banned numerous times over the years that I've been coming here, and I think that realisation has eventually made me calm down on my own.
On the one hand, I think that some of us need to learn how to just ignore other people. People get upset at reading things that they're not exactly being forced to read. It's perfectly fine to visit the site and read the stories without having to read every single comment. People will run out of steam eventually, so there's no real harm in riding that initial storm.
On the other hand, there should be a system for letting people know when they've gone too far. I agree with a warning system, but it's down to interpretation as to which rules have been broken.
There are, however, some people who will look for any hint of a rule break in order to try and get people unnecessarly banned, so that needs to be taken into consideration here.
Some people are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too sensitive about the things that they like, and aren't able to deal with the slightest criticism.
Also, I remember that horrible incident where one guy who got banned started coming back and attacking Steph in a pretty horrifying way, so I wonder if the site is even secure enough to keep even the most offensive posters away if they're commited enough. Lets also not forget other notorious individuals who are back here regularly now having been banned in the past. So basically, once people are banned, then what? They'll probably just come back anyway.
Basically, I think that things aren't too bad the way that they are. If I'm not mistaken, there's already a zero tollerence policy on the really bad things like racism, etc.
I wouldn't like the site to become a sterile back patting convention where we all agree 100% of the time.
I think as a community, people can work together to tame or ignore the worst offenders into sorting themselves out without having to resort to nazi style bannig sprees.