On 3/18/2013 11:08 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: > > I'm genuinely a bit confused about the rules of etiquette on this newsgroup.
Right or wrong, you just wrote elsewhere that you appreciated David Ullrich's contributions.
There is no question that the number of professional mathematicians actively participating on these newsgroups is less than in the past. Shall that be made one fewer by a public reprimand?
People have personalities. People sometimes say things they later would prefer to have not said. Some people find it easy to apologize whereas others do not. Some people do not see a need for apology whereas others do.
I am not going to disagree with you on the particulars here. I am just going to ask if this is what you really want to do?