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As I've said before, this is an adult forum. I therefore expect and tolerate some fairly abrasive behavior on occasion.I wrote:[another member, not one of the targets] also PM'd me with a similar point [suggesting that a ban should have taken place]. I responded that we were discussing options & that I really wanted to hear from the direct targets of such attacks.
That member, [the target of these PM's] , has contacted me and 1) specifically stated (s)he doesn't care regarding a ban and 2) is happy with the current resolution.
Therefore, I'm happy to be as liberal about our free speech around here as possible, at least for the time being. In the future we may not have that luxury, but I hope that we will.
As far as [the offender] goes, I suspect we won't hear from him again. But, if we do, there won't be any second chances after this particular display.
I'm hoping that our members are able to handle such situations themselves, although we as the admins/mods should always be vigilant to ensure it doesn't get completely out of control. This particular incident pushed the boundaries to the limit, as far as I'm concerned.
For future reference, I could just as easily ban the offender under the same circumstances if even one target of his tirades had stepped forward and complained.
Since none did this time, I'm willing to let this settle out and see how the community develops.
One thing to keep in mind ... we have several other members who push the limits a bit, usually in quite different ways. Since I have been so tolerant of them until now, I felt that [the offender] deserved the benefit of the doubt.
This one time.