Autopsy is not something that I think would work here, Chops. I do understand the frustration.
The temptation in situations like this is to get all rational (I do this myself, and sometimes it's helpful, certainly); and to look at the past (which is also helpful at times, but probably not here and not now. Autopsies end up fixing blame, I find, which is fine for legal stuff, but not so great for friendships.
What I'm looking for is something on the order of what I can do differently to make the outcome different next time. "Next Time" doesn't need to be the next iteration of CA. Next time, in this case, is this time I'm talking to you or this time I'm talking to Essorant so that I don't get in my own way and make things more difficult for you in talking with me about the poetry and technique that seems to matter to all of us. In terms of Ron, if I listen to him, at least one thing that I heard was that he and his crew had to work hard in keeping the discussion going in a way that they felt was respectful and productive.
If I want to give something to Ron and the moderators, this might be something I'd need to address. I'm not sure how to do that at this point except to try to police my own large mouth and to address the large mouths of the people I I talks with at times. With myself, that means that I have to work on being more aware of when I'm actually crossing lines that don't fit with the forum. I have to give not simply rhetoric, but my attention to myself and my intention to bring myself into clearer compliance with the mores of the joint. And where not to my liking, I need to find some decent way to discuss this without trying to make anybody else feel lousy.
It seems to me that these are things that I can at least work on giving to the forum and the members.
I used to study aikido when I was younger, and the tradition was that when entering the practice hall, you were supposed to bow twice, once to the picture of Morihei Uyeshiba, who was the founder, and a second time to the mat. One day I asked the Sensei, the teacher, about this. "I can understand," I said, "About bowing to the picture of the Founder. It's a matter of simple respect. But why the mat?"
The sensei said, "We bow to the mat that keeps us from breaking our backs."
The basics of PiP, it seems to me, deserve respect for somewhat the same reason. And I don't think it would hurt if we made a point of trying to let others know in a gentle way, a gentle way, if perhaps they were asking for criticism they weren't willing to return, or if they were posting more stuff than seemed appropriate or whatever. That might be somewhat helpful, though only if we could do it gently, and without encroaching on administrative prerogatives.
That's one thought of some things I might do that might make things easier rather than more difficult in dealing with stuff.
What about other folks in terms of getting and giving? Perhaps I'm being too personal here, and other folks have more general thoughts. Those seem useful as well.
Sincerely, Bob Kaven