It was suggested that perhaps rather than posting a complaint elsewhere, I should have started a new thread on this subject. So here's the thread.
I consider this board to be among the best on the internet at striking a balance regarding free speech. Yes, some posters may say that they aren't as free as they'd like, e.g. perhaps some Catholics wish they could be more free to express their opinions on the Faith Issues subforum. And on the other side of the fence, some Orthodox have expressed concern that the evil atheists are too easily able to express their opinions and lead multitudes astray. However, in general I think that most would agree that this forum is great at promoting intelligent discussion, being fair and not imposing silly rules.
However, there is one rule that I think is silly, and that is the insistence that people use formal titles on this board. When St. Vladimir's Seminary Press has a book by "John Anthony McGuckin" rather than "Fr.
John Anthony McGuckin," or Holy Trinity Monastery publishes a book by "Ignatius Brianchaninov" rather than "St.
Ignatius Brianchaninov," does anyone think that they are trying to undermine the authority of these authors? When I read in a book an Orthodox person say "according to Chrysostom..." or "Justinian then said...", I don't get in a huff because they didn't use the proper titles every single time they mention the person.
I am not arguing this case in order to have my slap on the wrist reversed. Whatever I may think of the policy at issue, I fully acknowledge that I knew it to be the policy in place when I was warned, and I knowingly disobeyed forum protocols by publically challenging the warning. I am not asking for my moderated status to be removed. What I am asking is some leniency in applying this requirement about using titles. If someone is plainly trying to be derogatory, that is one thing. But if someone just forgets, or perhaps thinks that it's simply not necessary to use someones title all the time, then what harm is there in this? Fr. Anastasios has spoken about how he'd like the level of discourse to be higher on this forum. Is it not typical among higher levels of discourse, even in Orthodox literature, to sometimes omit titles?