To err is human, to forgive divine, and to have the common sense and restraint to think about what you are about to post even better.
SteelSalmonKiller makes a halfway valid point in his thread above when he wrote, "...if you don't like what someone says, leave the conversation". The other half of the point would be, "if you can't be civil, don't join the conversation in the first place". I once politely told a disorderly drunk fellow to refrain from causing any further ruckus. When he continued, I approached him again to tell him that he was acting like a dick. He got all huffy and red, telling me that, "nobody tells (him) that (he) is a dick!". Of course I did not call him a dick, I simply reported to him my observations on his conduct.
Such is the Moderator's role, and if you feel that we are in some way calling you a dick you should let us know. It is our aim to be civil and only comment on our perception of how an OFF member's conduct might be interpreted by the majority.
Bottom line: negative statements, whether direct or used in an abstract reference will not be tolerated by OFF moderators or the OFF . Pretty sure I don't need to draw you a picture, especially in light of this thread and the miserable turn that it took just one exit off of the freeway. If you do need me to draw you a picture I will give you this most useful (and paraphrased) illustration:
"I cannot define a negative statement, but I know it when I see it".