Actually, for most of its history the worst thing the Church did was excommunication, which is the same thing you're doing right now. Some scientists tortured sentient animals but that's no reason to accuse all scientists of that. Saying "you can always go to another forum" is like saying "you can always go to another religion," because anyone dominant enough to run a forum is dominant enough to abuse their position. You do not own this forum any more than the thousands of people who joined this forum before the censorship rules were even instituted. As it happens, this is also the largest forum on the net, and for advanced questions the only place where you're likely to get an answer. I already posted my question in half a dozen groups but no answer so far. Not trying to change this forum, anymore than I am trying to change the world in a blog post, just venting before I leave. I have no more need of this forum and banning me will be purely symbolical. But the symbol will be in my favor, because I did not break any rules except to post a question about global warming. People who flame are people who plan to be banned, and think that they might as well make it worth it. You provoke flaming. I was tempted to do it myself, but I'll get my point across better anyway if I don't. So my suggestion to the moderators is this: stand down. This forum would be better of without you, and the less of you there are to the better. You're useless to this forum and your position as moderators is just a way to make you feel better about yourself. People could just block people like on Facebook, or vote to hide their posts as on Youtube. This is my last post on a forum ever. The groups on Facebook are much smaller, but they'll have to do. They'll grow. I'm not the only one who's had enough of forums.