As a forum user, I've never thought it my place, or even a decent thing to do, to report people or their posts in order to get them banned and try to control who can be a member. In fact I find it hard to imagine a life where I would feel the need to do that. I've used forums for over 20 years and have never once reported a post. Why? I think it's a goofy thing to do, if by goofy I mean jerky. I've participated on this forum since the server101 days, not so much in the past few years, and only with a single username at a time and boy have things changed over the years. As a die hard anonymist, I dont care about post counts or name recognition, my self-esteem is fine, and I can't imagine why that would be important to anyone, aside from self-congratulation. The discussion is all that ever mattered. Sadly, this has become impossible.. certain non-moderator members that clearly care about post counts, name recognition and heirarchical protection seem to clearly want to "homogenize" the board with only those sympathetic to their ideologies and a congregation willing to worship them. That's really too bad. The nature of this site attracts a lot of smart people with great information and awesome discussions have been had, but those people don't post much here anymore or very often. The arbitrage that is "politics" just seems to be a universal trump card. This thread by it's very meta nature, is probably politics if you think really hard and try to imagine it is. Shucks, it's probably provocateurism if you rationalize hard enough, despite neither of those being the intention. I think politics on BITOG might just be defined as "any unusual topic of discussion that makes the big posters (read: big reporters) mildly uncomfortable", and that's fine, just don't call it politics. Don't lie to yourself or anyone else. But if this thread lasts a few minutes (which it wont, I'll be banned immediately, cheerio!) , it would be interesting to get other members' take on the issue if they would be willing to admit it: Do you report posts?