Gentlemen (and Ladies), Over the past several weeks, this sub-forum, the Free Fire Zone, has generated more than the usual number of private messages to me and the moderators regarding misbehavior directed at various members at various times. Other times, the moderators have addressed problem posts without having it brought to our attention. Either way, it is generating work for us that we would rather spend discussing the war. I understand that sometimes biting remarks are said in jest and the intent of the author is lost in the absence of other clues, such as facial expression or voice tone. Regardless, most have appeared to us to have the air of malicious intent, which is not acceptable but has been over looked by the moderators for various reasons. That is coming to a close. There has been discussion among the moderators to eliminate the FFZ. Otto and others have voiced opposition to this, as it allows for off-subject discussion. Last Autumn, I banned political discussion in FFZ because the posts were getting so raucous that they were adversely affecting the rest of the forum. I am not above doing that again. Please exercise personal discrection when making posts in the FFZ. Don't make posts with the intent of getting a rise out of someone, because I am almost to the point that the only rise you will be getting will be from me. Be civil with what you say and liberal use of smilies will go a long way in diffusing potentially grating posts and/or promoting your actual intent. I don't like making threats of punishment and I think most of you see me as a fairly easy-going guy. You are (mostly) all adults, and making such threats really has no place here. You are all aware of the consequences of your actions. We can either (1) discuss politely, backing up our statements with viable sources and leave out the name calling (even the politicians we don't like), or (2) I will ban any political discussion in the FFZ. I prefer the first option and I hope you do too. I also remind you that if you are making vastly more posts in the FFZ than anywhere else, then you need to reevaluate your participation here. Most of you have great knowledge concerning the war, please share it with us. Probably against my better judgement, I am going to leave this thread open for a day or two to better guage your responses.