There is no excuse for unpleasant behaviour. Ad hominen insults, or name-calling are the refuge of those who cannot support their arguments with rationality or logic.
You may not agree with someone, fair enough, this site amongst thousands of other thrives on differing view points and the comments and debates that are spawned as a result of that, but one always has to bear in mind that you are responisbile for your behaviour, and act accordingly.
I previously called out Vynson on his comments and tone, I will not accept people adopting that with me. The argument, he knows he's being a dick and apologises sometimes for it, is not an acceptable excuse.
If you are about to post something, before you hit submit, reread it. Then ask yourself the question, "If someone posted this as a response to something I had written, would I get irritated, or annoyed or upset". If the answer is yes, then modify the post.
I have had several involved debates with people on the site, but with one notable exception (the Vynson incident previously mentioned) I like to think I've been civil and polite with everyone. Even though I am not a moderator, nor have any editorial power here, as a member of the community, I feel compelled to post to ask people to not directly attack others, even if you do not agree with them.
Treat them with the respect you would have others treat you.
I greatly appreciate this post, you said what I think people needed to hear.
it's actually one of the main reasons why I rarely post in the Watchmen forum, people are very inclined to insult people based on irrelevant things (spelling, grammar, whatever) when they don't agree with their opinion. While I enjoyed reading Vynson's posts, as he had interesting takes on the topics and was very well spoken, his attitude when explaining things to others was kind of "greater than thou." Very off putting.
Also, while I appreciated what Kingmob brings to the table, his comments are very negative in nature 90% of the time.
I think people need to develop their senses of humor and not get so easily offended. This is a forum, not a lecture hall.
Don't get so worked up!
a good diplomacy is always the best way to go.