I'd say that "hi lurkers" was a pretty big tip-off. Really? So does any criticism of TTM's work have to have a qualifier in it that Mr. Warmth has been a bad, bad boy? Fair enough. "His own reasons" are pretty obvious to me. TTM was extremely dismissive about Mike's concerns about slurs against American Indians. He didn't even want to consider Mike's complaints. Again, I reiterate: TTM never even acknowledged that ICF was in the wrong. You gave out the infraction. ICF did ultimately cop to having done what he did out of ignorance, but TTM was too piqued about the Mike's use of the word "wetback" to acknowledge other forms of racial insensitivity in front of his face. Does this excuse what Mike did? Nope, and since people seem to be confused on this point, I don't have any argument with a infraction's being handed down. It's certainly not how I would've gone forward. But if you want to talk about "thumbing his nose," maybe you should have a look at someone who found every reason in the world not to punish a user for using a racial slur against American Indians. He condoned bigotry against another racial group and did so rather loudly. Again, if your definition of "letting a poster off easy" includes telling the poster rather loudly why you are not punishing slurs against that particular poster's ethnicity, then yes, Mike was let off rather easily. Let me ask you this: What avenues exist for supermod accountability? I know that if I'm a crummy mod, there are people above me who can jettison me from the job. (But then, I wouldn't get to see all the terrific posts in the Recycle Bin, and I would be a sad panda.) But how about you guys? If a supermod tells you why he's punishing slurs against his ethnicity and not yours, and it boils down to "you insulted my ethnicity," then what recourse do users have? I've always told users that have had a problem with me to take it up in this forum or to complain to you guys. But Mike had a problem with one of you guys and he took it up in this forum already without much success. So he played "bait the supermod." Again, it's not the route I would've taken, and not one that I endorse, but I see where he's coming from. And TTM has made clear that he isn't really interested in slurs against American Indians and he's quite willing to look the other way on slurs that don't involve Mexicans.