For starters, I would be interested in hearing what I did over at Invicta that was even remotely racist. I had some issues with censorship over there was well, but I didn't say anything racist over there unless merely suggesting that Lincoln was less than the messianic hero he's held up to be is somehow racist. I didn't realize "Kool-Aid drinking moron" was a racial slur now.
As for this thread, if you'll notice I said nothing about MI6 in my original post. I would have been perfectly content to throw up my DoE and call it a day. I did not bring MI6 into this until someone else brought up the false story being spread behind my back to smear me, and at that point I gave a lengthy explanation to defend my position. I have spread no lies or misinformation, and I have made no effort to smear MI6 as a whole but rather those individuals who instigated this affair. That being said, this whole debacle having gone on for some days, I would like to add some retrospective to the matter. It appears TheListener may not have been deserving of the amount of rancor I directed at him. I've seen him in this thread and he hasn't come in to attack me, unlike Myth. Barring talking !@#$ about me behind my back, which is not an assumption I'm willing to make about him in these circumstances, I can only conclude that he's been watching this unfold with the same boredom and perhaps even frustration that I myself hold towards this whole ordeal. I still think his handling of the situation wasn't ideal, and I still think he tends to take things more seriously than they often warrant, but having seen things play out the way they have I'm willing to admit that he likely bears no guilt in this matter aside from being one of the initial catalysts (the other being, of course, myself). Now someone has been talking !@#$ behind my back, as evidenced by the fact that the false and context-free version of the story made its way to a non-member who brought it up in this thread. Given the way this thread has gone, I do feel justified in assuming Myth has some culpability in the matter in spite of his assertions to being merely an annoyed observer. This especially in light of the fact that he confronted me on IRC in what I can only deduce was an effort to acquire some sort of statement he could take out-of-context and present as a confession, a-la the "I think Coolsville sucks" scene of that one Scooby Doo movie.
As for your question, while MI6 has over 100 members, the number of forum regulars is much smaller. Now, if someone wanted to address the issue in a more level-headed manner they certainly could have shot me a PM along with the deletion (I get it. Play it safe and delete it.) saying "Hey, I think some people would prefer it if you steered away from using that word. The more subtle and acceptable way of making that joke is to just call them NGers. If you still want to make that joke, please use that term instead." My response would have been "Sure thing. I thought the capitalization would have made it obvious it wasn't meant to be taken seriously, but I get it. I'll resubmit my post with NGer instead." I would have submitted it with the suggested change, and PMed the person back saying "Just resubmitted my post. We good?" If everything was good, that would have been the end of it. There was no need to jump straight to calling me racist and then imply to my face that clearly the only thing I could possibly be put off about was the inability to use a certain word. That is where things began to escalate.