I've spent 8 hours on this topic and after discussions with the team we've done some tidying up. We're not averse to opinions. All posts are personal opinions and that is what allows the content to build, but that has to be balanced, rational and where possible accurate.
I don't actually care what side of the fence you are on in terms of debate, but you need to be civil. I have to ensure the site is run within the correct interpretation of the rules and that is what is enforced. Don't combine forces or tag team your views to turn the discussion into a verbal wresting match.
Post accuracy can be debated from both sides of the fence, so back up your claims where possible. If you make a mistake and want to retract something report it for consideration. If you name an individual you best be darned sure what you are saying is correct, because you will be the one who has made the claim. Remember this site is publicly visible across the globe. If you say something then consider that permanently said.
Calling people liars, saying they are dishonest, accusing them of trolling or saying their posts are rubbish or anything else along those lines is considered a personal attack. Repeating yourself (even the main complainants have been at fault here and I deem the entire thread to be 50/50 on both sides in this regard) not only devalues your contribution but it gets boring and is regarded as trolling. Replying to yourself is regarded as post bumping or multiposting and is frowned upon - learn to multi quote properly.
I've said this many times over the years, other sites don't discuss their moderation or administration, it just happens. The team here aren't used to that, in the main because they know most of you IRL, which makes it much harder. Because its highlighted, it feels like kindy or big brother and that's just one of the downsides we have to deal with. However, questioning why something was done or showing your displeasure over a staff action within a public post is a definite no.
Refresh yourself with the post guidelines, site rules and instructions for newbies. Multiposting, trolling, swearing, making accusations, personal attacks have all raised their head here and have all been present in this topic. A range of tools are available including warnings, deletion, topic bans, post moderation or site bans are available as part of the staff toolkit. If past occurrences are anything to go by there will now be a heightened period of awareness as the team are reminded about being proactive. If you feel something needs action then please use the report icon for each post.
Now lets get back to some healthy debate.