Despite wishing the reverse to be true, generally it is not the opinions but the hostile way they are framed that get people "in trouble" online. You see, calling other forum users names like, "whiny poster" or questioning their maturity by claiming that they went, "crying to daddy" is unproductive at best, and menacing at worst. It doesn't further your potential "controversial" viewpoints, it just makes other users feel that they are being attacked. As soon as someone goes ad hominem I tune out, and rarely ever gain enough respect for them to ever take what they have to say on any topic seriously. Ad hominem attacks, immediately disqualifies the user - in my eyes. And yes, if I was the recipient of an name calling attack, I would report it to the gorts. I have not, do not, and will not engage in name calling.