What I'm referring to is the violation of forum rules, and how/to whom they're selectively applied. Not "one act" vs. "another."
Quite frankly, since I don't read, post, or care, most 'biblical threads' I don't read most of Shel's posts, and had no idea a PM had been posted until the issue was carried onto this thread.
Shelby and I spoke in the previous part of last week, prior to the James Thomas nonsense. When she and I spoke, one of the things we talked about was the importance of apologies, who should give them etc. So when I saw a thread entitled "my apology" I clicked on it to see it it was a continuation or refinement of our converstion. It was. Even you mention that you don't know what all the nonsense about posting a PM was about!
So, in the interest of brevity let me break it down:
- ALMOST ALL of us break the forum rules from time to time, self included.
- If you swear, you have broken the forum rules
- If you have insulted, used threatening or provoking language or incited hatred on the basis of religion, you have broken the rules. (Look out Danny Hazard, LOL!)
- If you have posted a nude picture (even of Uncle Bruce) you have broken the rules ( I thought you looked stunning, UB.)
- Advertising, and I quote, "you can mention commercial non-relevant websites" Wasn't it just a week or so ago we had a "what's your favorite online store?" thread
- Posting an off topic comment --who here hasn't done this? We have some world class thread hi-jackers.
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This seems to me to be the crux of the issue. The thread "James Thomas" should have been deleted, and locked and disappeared into oblivion, instead of using it as a soap box about HIPAA and the Graham Leachman Bliley Privacy Act.
All of this other posturing is minutia and drivel. This is the internet, after all.