Interpretive guide to the Forum Constitution:
i) It's not in the constitution because it should go without saying, but we are going to say it anyway: Don't violate the twoplustwo T&C
ii) "Personal attack" means not only namecalling, but also posts that do little more than criticize a poster qua poster or a poster's body of work. It seems that people have not understood this until now, but now everyone is on notice so please post accordingly.
iii) Being abusive toward a new poster that asks something that has been talked about before (or for any other reason) falls under the personal attack/trolling tule. There is a nice way to point someone towards prior discussions. If you can't be nice about it, please don't make the post.
iv) Calling for a thread to be locked or for other moderation to be taken on it, esp. when that thread does not violate articles of the forum constitution or various executive orders (e.g., creating an election chatter thread to confine LC posts about that election), is considered trolling. If a thread is in specific violation of forum rules, then more leeway will be given w/r/t calling for it to be locked etc., but this is at the moderator's discretion. Importantly, since calling for a thread to be locked without actually notifying the moderator to lock it is completely counterproductive, posts calling for moderation that are unaccompanied by a mod notification of the offending post will be strongly looked down upon.
v) Most things done in the name of moderation can be reversed. If you have a big problem with a mod's decision in this forum, you're free to take it up with us by PM, in ATF,* or with one of the reds.
* Posting about the Politics Forum in ATF is not permitted
until February 2009.