"There has been an increasing number of rather aggressive personal attacks between a small group of BPL regulars. A little bit of sniping is fine, but it is getting out of control. Not good, everyone. Ryan has asked that I try to keep everything pleasant."
Point well taken, Roger, and I plead guilty as charged. I am a bit contrite, to be honest. However, simply deleting all these posts is simply putting a bandaid on a long festering wound. The "personal attacks" on Mr. Chan did not come out of nowhere. He has engaged in a nearly non stop stream of condescending remarks about the community at large, clearly designed to goad people into intemperate responses, ever since he showed up on this website; this is not the first time it has led to this kind of unpleasantness. Sooner or later, someone responds and then it's a downward spiral that reflects poorly on everyone involved. While I have no objection to the censorship, indeed it is RJ's and your prerogative as owner and forum monitor respectively, I would feel much better about the whole thing were you to also admonish Mr. Chan to cease his incessant provocations. Otherwise, I can practically guarantee it will happen again, sooner or later. It will certainly not come from me, for I have exceeded my LRA of all things Chan and shall have nothing further to do with him, but there will be others. You can count on that.
As a half serious aside, why couldn't you simply have moved the thread to Chaff and let him continue to receive the hiding he so richly deserved? ;0)