I would like to take the chance to spend one or two honest and respectful words on this.
This, as I have the bad feeling that it was eventually me, whose statement has unintentionally led to the unfortunate escalation.
I'll keep it short therefore.
This early morning as I stepped into the forum I could fortunately read a response coming from one of our very estimable forum fellow members, Mr Shane Feder.
I was happy as his response has shed some light on an issue which was a bit confusing me, what can be pursued by reading the thread.
What however I could instantaniously see as well was, that his response was marked with 1(!) diamond which was - at least in my understanding and with all due respect - a simple brashness and ridiculous. Together with the - in my eyes - also ridiculous low markings for Nanjing - which I had noticed certainly as well - I had to clearly express what I myself was thinking about even such a ridiculous behaviour. That was. I mentioned to rate Shane's response with 3 diamonds owing to the information it contents and to appreciate the time and work he spent by typing it into his computer to share it with all of us. That was the least I could do.
But... of course I have anticipated to be 'punished' short-term rather by having done so.
And as I have returned back to the forum a short while after. Yes! I must honestly confess. I must louldy and heartily laugh about this ridiculous behaviour as I have been marked even as well with 1 diamond.
You know, John. This marking system - I don't want to repeat myself - but this marking system has become even that what some of us have expected it would become someday. A tool which enables some sad people to suppress others by living out their ridiculous addictions.
My statement may - intentionally - polarise, but it was founded on a sudden thought. Namely, as I saw what I had anticipated, a little bearded and croockbacked dwarf flit through my mind and I thought by myself "Huui, Rumpelstiltskin has jumped off the forest to showing the world again that he is the true master of marking system but... what little spirit he yet actually is!"
I have received a very esteemed PM recently, coming from one of the great ones of the forum. He has mentioned 'professionalism'.
What a wonderful thought...
Sorry John, I may be banned for what I did, but I simply couldn't resist!