I signed up just to tell you guys this.
I think it’s pretty simple to figure out why Atmospherical attitude started up. If you’ll examine the thread, you’ll notice he didn’t get upset until EdP made this remark:
Obviously we’re not talking about this link: http://www.intellicast.com/WeatherImg/Radar/usa.gif
Now, I understand that that was a sarcastic joke, but Atmospherical obviously didn’t take it that way. He took it as an insult, and I can see where he’s coming from. It infers stupidity on Atmospherical’s part, for not being able to find this himself. It was after this that he got mad, and since almost every post after that called him on that in an antagonistic, you just kept making him madder.
This is where I think your (both Mike and EdP) dropped the ball. I think that moderators have the responsibility not to provoke regular users. As soon as you realized he was mad, you should have either tried to diffuse the situation or remained silent. I understand that you thought he started it, but that isn’t really an excuse.
I realize that none of you probably realized what was happening, and that it was all just a misunderstanding. I am critical of the actions of all involved, so I’m not singling anybody out. (I didn’t say anything to Atmospherical, because I seriously doubt he’s still reading this. )I’m not trying to be mean, I’m just stated what I think happened, and expressing what I think are the expectations of most forum users.
I do not aim to offend. I just want to prevent conflicts like this happening in the future by speaking to the people that are most likely to listen.
ETA: Oh, and being “shown the back door” is a euphemism to being told to “go away”, i.e, Atmospherical’s response to the following quote by EdP:
There is also nothing stopping you from using a different weather app if WW doesn’t meet your needs.
As indicated by Atmospherical’s later response, he took this as a threat that he was going to be suspended. When he wasn’t, he took it as you wanted him to leave, but you didn’t quite want to say so, which is the fullest meaning of the aforementioned euphemism.