I don’t think you have anything to apologize for. You asked a legitimate question and actually answered it yourself. The petty argument actually had nothing to do with you at all and you did nothing to move it forward.
If anything, I would need to apologize for that. I thought I was providing sufficient grounds for the resolution of said argument, but that only seemed to get us deeper. Sometimes, it’s better to say enough than to continue any further. I think had I used a similar methodology with the poll discussion, things would not have descended so low.
Anyways, @paulw2u I also appreciate your input and would hate to see you go. As my understanding goes, things have been much worse on the Forums. In the end, the means of communication don’t matter— people will eventually find the way to create conflict amongst themselves. This isn’t true of the majority of people or situations, but there’s no way to remove it. It’s on us as a community to ensure peace.
That’s why your post is so remarkable. That sort of humility and open dialogue is true anathema to conflict, because it is the ultimate glue to bind us together. That’s the stuff of a community leader. We could use more of you!