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Ratliff:
Another forum I frequent has an explicit rule stating that threads which directly reference forum members are forbidden. I think such a rule makes sense and should be considered for this site. I also think that rules forbidding harassment of other members should be more consistently enforced here (to the extend it doesn't place an undue burden on moderators).

vandermolen:
I see that a lot of people have read this post but nobody has yet replied. So here goes. I agree with your last sentence, although I suspect that most people here are able to look after themselves or they can always pull the plug on their membership if they've had enough. I'm not exactly sure what you meant by your opening sentence. At first I read it as if you felt we should not refer to any other forum member by name - but I rather like using people's names as it is friendlier IMO (depending on what you say I guess!) However, on reading your post again I think you mean that we should not mention a member's name in the title of a thread (as in, for example, 'Yet another pointless thread by vandermolen'). Yet, even here I'm not so sure. I don't really have a strong view and think that it all depends on the context in which the name is used.
This probably isn't very clearly expressed but I felt that I wanted to reply and please accept it as a genuine attempt to address your concerns.

Ratliff:
Your latter interpretation of my suggestion is correct, it should not be allowed to start a thread whose topic (referenced in the thread title) is a forum member. It doesn't come up too often, but at the time I made my suggestion I saw a proliferation of threads whose purpose was to criticize a forum member.

Gurn Blanston:

--- Quote from: Baron Scapia on February 26, 2020, 11:52:54 AM ---Your latter interpretation of my suggestion is correct, it should not be allowed to start a thread whose topic (referenced in the thread title) is a forum member. It doesn't come up too often, but at the time I made my suggestion I saw a proliferation of threads whose purpose was to criticize a forum member.

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Hmmm, I was going to start one about you spelling your new username wrong, but I guess I won't now. :) 

I think your original point needs to be addressed on a case-by-case basis, since as you say, it is a rarity to have this occur, and some of the time the thread is complimentary rather than derogatory. In the event this were to come up (as in, for example, 'Yet another pointless thread by vandermolen'), it can easily be dealt with as an ad hominem attack without having an added rule. It would be useful if such threads were reported so it didn't drag on for a day or two without getting noticed.

Thanks!
GB  8)

vandermolen:

--- Quote from: Baron Scapia on February 26, 2020, 11:52:54 AM ---Your latter interpretation of my suggestion is correct, it should not be allowed to start a thread whose topic (referenced in the thread title) is a forum member. It doesn't come up too often, but at the time I made my suggestion I saw a proliferation of threads whose purpose was to criticize a forum member.

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Yes, that's not good. I agree.

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