It is unfortunate that the childish behavior of some forum participants exploded while I was away on vacation. One of my staff members was watching the forum in the past week, and did not have the benefit of my experience in recognizing the situation.
Steps are being taken to immediately address the situation.
To all: please consider this forum to be on 'lock-down', with absolutely zero tolerance for flames or posts likely to incite flames.
Thanks in advance to everyone, for helping get the forum back on track.