LOL Okay, perhaps flaming over turned cars was an extreme example, but to follow someone out of "Politics and Debate" all over every area of the forum down voting and mad facing everything they write is exactly that, a form of vandalism. You are attempting to deface that party via what ever means available.
Once again I don't condone the "stalker's" behaviour. All I'm saying is your conclusion is far-fetched!
Again, you are entitled to your opinion. My opinion is that up/down votes really never should have been part of this particular area of the forum.
I don't necessarily agree with you here but I can begrudgingly accept they remove the system for that part of the forum...
Also you said this earlier:
In short, the up vote/down vote function really never had a place in a debate forum as debate is not a popularity contest,
In theory you're right and I wish it were still the case but the public debate has become more or less a popularity contest. Were you sleeping during the 2016 presidential race!?
LOL as you pointed out this is a porn sharing site, not the Supreme Court's blog, this SECTION of the forum is for members who wish to discuss/debate current affairs. Obviously Raph has chosen not to ban the stalker, rather it is pretty obvious at least to me he is trying to bait him into a battle of wits.
Calling people names is baiting him into a "battle of wits" to you!? Not sure if we've got the same meaning of the term.
If this were an old movie these two would wind up fucking for sure.
THAT is conjecture on my part of course.
Conjecture, perhaps. Unlikely, maybe not. Who knows.
A very hackneyed ending though.
As for the banning - if it were going to happen I suspect it would already have been done - as a Mod he has that authority. The little red thumb? Also his call. Personally I won't miss it.
I know he has the authority, my problem is the matter is up for debate.
But I have an idea, instead of getting rid of the system what about not linking the votes to the reputation? At least for this section of the forum.
I'd be totally on board with that!