Works in theory! Practice? That's something else
You'd have to look at the deleted/edited posts and quantity both before and after the initial warnings to decide if I made the right call or not.... I think the thread should not have been locked unless it got really out of control....
But I would appreciate an up or down vote with no ambiguity .... otherwise I'll be worse than useless to you as moderator from this point forward... everything will be challenged.
<sigh>...Personally, I would have not locked the thread, even if there are personal attacks against me.
My crystal ball says that statement bodes ill if you want to keep the "fudge yous" and racial slurs out of the forums. Because if Will's okay with personal attacks then they're entitled to make them and everyone else will have to lump it and stay silent if they don't like it.
From my experience, most of the people on the forum won't keep silent, they launch back in kind and the thread goes to hell.