I've been a member of this site for several years. I haven't had an official warning... until today. I'm not the nicest guy in town, but I try to be respectful. I welcome you to look at my post history for the past few weeks if you want evidence of my typical behaviour in the forums: I try to welcome newbies; I am opinionated, but I am perfectly willing to listen other people's opinions; I rarely name-call; I have successfully avoided a political fight for a whole year (it wasn't easy!); I exchange silly banter with my friends; my humour is crass, but still tempered with some sanity and certainly not cruel. To get to the crux: I'm sick of this horseshit. All of the members must dance around the huge elephant in the room. There is a certain member here who most of the veterans, and otherwise intelligent members, believe is a phony. We've put up with years of excuses and cruel deceptions (which I cannot disclose). We all know that there are plenty of phonies on this site, but this person is particularly prolific. This person welcomes disputes; regularly conducts immature and nasty fights with fellow members; continually makes expository claims about other members without backing them up; has gotten legitimate members banned. On a personal level, it particularly irked me when he'd make defamatory posts about members after he had gotten them banned. He is, in my opinion, this site's worst trouble-maker. Nobody is picking on this person, nor is he a victim. The sceptical posts about him aren't some playground fight where everyone jumps on the bandwagon. This is a legitimate concern that many long-time, mature, intelligent members have regarding this person. This problem has existed for years on this site, and nothing has been done about it. There have been many posts over the years which have questioned his authenticity or expressed concern over his irrational behaviour. Members can't complain --or even joke-- about this person's authenticity without getting a complaint. I now have an official warning because of a harmless one-liner joke that I made weeks ago. I can't express how irate I am that the only official warning I've ever gotten was from somebody who I believe is a total fraud. If I was being an asshole, then fine; I'd bend over and take my punishment. Being subjugated to this non-contributing individual, however, is just plain insulting. Last year, I wrote about the trail of victims that this person has left in their wake, and I wonder how many more people will get warnings, or even banning, from daring to question this person's authenticity. Although this individual has often asked for others to get banned, and has even questioned the authenticity of some other members, I'm not asking that this person get banned. I'm asking that we regular users be allowed to speak freely and without censorship about this person's seemingly obvious fakery. I ask that the many official complaints from this individual be taken for what they are and with a grain of salt. I ask that you not pull this thread. Who is the real disruption of this site? The passive sceptics, or the person who launches a complaint each month? He's been banned in the past for his disruptive behavior, yet he he was allowed to return. I can clearly recall the many people were relieved to have that ten-day break. Rob, Pecker, Mindseye, and all of the senior and junior moderators are all very intelligent people; I find it difficult to believe that they don't share these concerns. I'm not trying to start a grassroots revolution here. I'm simply asking for some fairness and some respite for those who are tired of walking on eggshells. I'm sure that this post will get me a complaint from you-know-who. One of my concerns is that people who post anything negative about this individual tend to get banned. So if anyone wants my email address, just ask--I might not be here much longer. Even if I don't get banned, I don't know if I an stay at this site that defends fraudulence. It's been 'real', Hasta la Pasta.