On the subject of that icon post, I would like to say now that anyone caught perpetuating wank caused by a troll from now on will also be issued warnings and possibly bannings, depending on the severity of the flaming going on on both sides. The only reason this didn't happen this time was because many of the mods were gone or busy this weekend and only saw the post after the fact. Any individual warnings issued would be reactionary rather than proactive. This is us being proactive right now: Please do not make yourselves into asshats just to get back at an asshat. Contact a mod, it's as simple as that. We can log IPs and track and ban users. If you choose to not let a mod handle it, then there will be consequences. All flaming will be dealt with accordingly by the mods.
Think before you post, you guys.
mikkeneko had this to say:
"Anonymous posting is (or was until recently) a way to allow nonregistered users to participate in this community. It is not intended to be a vehicle for registered comm members to act provocatively without fear of retaliation from other users. The mods can and do track IP addresses and if we see that the anon commenting feature is being abused in this manner, we will take steps.
"Furthermore, just as anon commenting is not a license to act rudely, an anonymous or trolling post does not excuse any of the other comm members from adhering to the expected standards of civility. You are expected to be responsible and civil on the comm at all times, not merely when you feel like it. Flaming and troll-baiting, whether anonymous or signed, are not acceptable ways of dealing with a provocative statement -- contact a mod. 'Don't feed the trolls' isn't just a piece of advice; it's a rule and will be enforced as such."