I'm not seeing an adequate response to my commentary so I'd like an explanation as to why @Mael was banned. A post was linked that was extremely tame compared to most of what is allowed in the Cafe and in my opinion only raised more questions. If that post is the reason @Mael was banned the decision should be immediately overturned. This decision raised larger questions about attempting to police tone in the Cafe. I truly don't understand the attempt to do this. Just as the Blender is a unique area allowed to be more insulting in their ratings than the rest of the forum the Cafe is a unique are that is much more confrontational than other parts of the forum. This is simply part of the culture and there's nothing right or wrong about it. It simply is. That said attempting to remove what simply is creates problems and doesn't solve anything. Most of the veteran posters would rather the mods focus on modding issues like personal insults against family members, direct racist insults, threats against other users, straight up flaming and posting op-eds as if they were articles. In general most other commentary should be acceptable. For example I respect @Gunners and @Seto Kaiba immensely, but both tend to insult a lot when they debate. I don't necessarily like this. But I don't think any mod should try to stop this behavior. I think there should be some leeway between what you may like to experience and what should be allowed. And in my opinion many of Mael's posts fall into that gap between "wouldn't like to experience" but also "should be allowed". I would like to see the mods and admins allow us to discuss this issue directly. I feel that trying to ban people who are important parts of the Cafe can create additional problems the staff can't anticipate. I'm normally a calm poster and I think I can speak for most other posters and staff members alike when I say I create few problems. But to me this is an issue that angers me and makes me resent the way the forum is being run. On the other side of this issue is @mr_shadow . Opinions on his and @Amanda 's style of modding are quite diverse. I personally have no issue with them in general and believe they've been a positive upgrade for the Cafe, however when I have had issues with them its always been on their attempts to police tone rather than simply worrying about flaming and rule breaking. I'd like to get many of the regular posters' opinion on this issue as well, folks as diverse as @Chie and @ZeroTheDestroyer , @HolyHands , @afgpride , @Flow , @makeoutparadise and many others who post in the Cafe regularly. tl;dr: Mael shouldn't have been banned and trying to police tone causes more problems than it solves in the Cafe.