As an un-interested spectator, I would recommend this thread get locked and allowed to drift away.
Moderating a board as popular as this one is no easy task. I don't blame the mods/admins for expecting folks to read the rules. Especially since they're stuck to the top of the calssified section.
However, I understand the desire of the Original Poster for the courtesy of a PM in instances like this as well. Understand, it's not a matter of being rude, it's a matter of the work load for the mods and admins is already pretty big.
Also understand that most mods are volunteers. It's a thankless job and not worth the pay.
It seems that everyone has expressed their argument and I don't see how this thread will lead to anything but hurt feelings.
On that basis, I purpose this thread get locked.