Are personal attacks now OK?
I have noticed a few posters getting very heated recently and they have resulted in what I would consider personal attacks. I know I have flagged them and I have heard from others that they have flagged such posts and yet they all remain.
Without an example, it's hard to say. Some people don't understand the distinction drawn in Robert's Rules of Order: "It is not allowable to arraign the motives of a member, but the nature or consequences of a measure may be condemned in strong terms. It is not the man, but the measure, that is the subject of debate."
I don't know if the rules here follow Robert's, but it's a good place to start for an understanding of what is appropriate and what is not.
The "rules" (as stated in the Posting Guidelines) are:
Personal attacks and offensive language are not permitted. We welcome friendly disagreement about food and restaurants (even encourage it!), but it’s never OK to call people names or tell them what to post."
Of course, when the rubber meets the road, there has long been a wide variance in how this is interpreted and implemented by the mods.
Nothing's really changed on this front. If you want to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org outlining which posts you're concerned about, we'll take another look at them but we'd really rather not get into analyzing specific examples of what you think is inappropriate publicly. I'm going to lock this discussion so we can have the conversation offline.