Ladies and gentlemen,
I would like to point out that the AMG policy allows those who start a thread to have control over the direction of the thread.
You can set guidelines for your own threads. You can decide who gets to take part in your discussion - and who doesn't. The rest of us are expected to respect your wishes.
So, for example, if I wanted to start a thread about the intelligence of fish, but did not want the thread to devolve into what Scott Fish's IQ is, or the fact that trout have no cause-and-effect thinking, I might say:
[quote]Please limit the discussion to the intelligence of fish, not their cause-and-effect thinking. Also, please do not bring up Scott Fish's IQ.[/quote]
This control is something that we would like people to realize they have, and hope it might keep rudeness to a minimum.