Usually I'm not in the habit of explaining my moderating decisions openly, but I'll make an exception this time since the thread was now in turn of 5heaps defense of Michael Roach.
I should inform you that 5heaps forcefully took a 7 days vacation from this board due to his insulting and offensive conduct. In one post, now removed from sight, he was extremely offensive ("i constantly rely on scholastic work from Hopkins, Berzin, Roach, etcetc and i cannot stand keyboard toughguys with diarrhea of the mind spreading their diarrhea of the mouth
A formal warning was issued, with no further disciplinary action.
He insisted in this conduct calling all of those who criticize MR mindless people, mere "lightweights" who "fell into line" with Namdrol's opinion. I do appreciate Namdrol's contributions, but thank goodness I have a mind of my own. Others he might be referring also do. We, me and Namdrol, had for a while strong disagreements about one or two subjects and he knows I never changed my mind. Honesty is what bases our relation I think. After all these years dealing with Namdrol, one thing I know for sure is that he appreciates straightforwardness and doesn't like sycophants. Neither my personality is suitable to such traits.
The simple fact of someone defending Roach, after all that has been said and done, should be reason to a permanent ban if you ask me.
Still disciplinary action was not taken because of that, but because of his offensive conduct towards other members of this board.
We try to be mild and have a process that goes by steps. 5heaps was formally warned. He persisted in his behavior and got a small suspension. I hope he reviews his conduct when he returns, but somehow I have my suspicions. After all I'm talking about someone who is defending Roach...
I would now ask you to stick to the topic. I don't see much use in debating Michael Roach's qualifications as a Buddhist teacher considering his behavior.