I enjoy reading the boards and the comments made but I think the moderators should be a little faster on stopping it before feeling are hurt and people leave.
My guess is that the moderators have lives outside of these forums and as such are not online 24/7 watching out for inappropriate messages. Sometimes things can go from zero to inferno in the span of 15-20 minutes if the individuals involved are online at the same time. I also know that as volunteers it can become tiring very quickly. I manage a web site for a sports car club of which I am a member. No matter what I do there is somebody who is not happy. So I keep doing what I can, ignore what I can, and take the advice and criticism when appropriate. Yep, sometimes it hurts. That's life.
I guess I've been lucky to miss some of the more "interesting" volleys, but I also know that I was neck deep in some of the more colorful discussions in the Off-Topic forum. I also checked myself on more than one occasion when I found my response too venomous. Rather than post, I stopped typing, and went back to reading.
That said, I hope I didn't hurt anyone's feelings, and I wasn't approached by the moderators, and I honestly tried to add to the conversation. There were times when I was trying to provoke a response, but I hope I didn't resort to calling someone on this forum a name. I will go after a source, but only if I think I can back up my posts with reputable unbiased sources, such as The Weekly World News, The National Enquirer, Republican National Committee or Democratic National Committee web sites, among others.
Thanks to our moderators who have it dialed in about right.