Interesting points. We have our own rules, which I think cover all from there. My own experience of the Warhammer Forum was less than cordial so my bias won't let me ever see it as a shining example!
Now moderators should be respected (like umpires) but in order to keep that respect it is important for theme', not to 'go off on on having a view and then getting all angry when that view is challenged.
As I've said before on here, you give up really speaking your mind when you become a moderator.
Anger is a natural emotion which needs to be controlled, hopefully there's room for forgiveness as well on all sides. It reminds me of when my son used to get into trouble at school. The teachers used to say that he'd got into a fight (bad son!) so knowing my lad I'd ask 'so what provoked him to strike out in the first place?' So perhaps there's room to let people off the hook if they've had a bad day and they are truly repentant.
In fact I suggest two actions of moderation; lock the topic to prevent further posts and deletion of offending posts. No argument, no discussion, it has happened. it also avoids online fights. So I expect moderators to be the most vertious of posters - perhaps having a pen name if they want to play in the dirt with the rest of us?
Ah locking topics, that's been done before mate and we took a huge backlash from that. It was a WAB 2 topic as I recall. I also remember what we were called for it. That may be a non starter.
To your second point, personally I will never use a pen name. I am me, I won't hide behind pseudonyms. Nor do I intend to be any 'playing in the dirt'! If we can't discuss things cordially, then there is clearly no room for discussion.
As a moderator, would you prefer a dispute over moderation to be discussed via PM or in the open on the topic? Clearly, any private discussion should be conducted courteously, but it might be a little easier for people to come to a rapprochement if they don't have to make the debate and any retractions so publicly?
George, good point too. I personally prefer things to be offlist, via PM or email, I believe such debates to occur in private. I agree public apologies should be unnecessary - we're not in the game of trying to shame people, just asking them to be nice.
Andy thanks for your support and yes we could do with those forum rules back up again, perhaps with a few ammendments. 'Have Fun' is indeed the ideal of this group (again if you're not having fun or making it so somone else's not having fun, then what's the point?).