I have been engaged in a lot of exchanges lately in comments where people are not arguing but instead are using mockery, or distorting the truth to put one side or the other in a bad light. This is not accidental misunderstanding, it is a chosen agenda. And it seems clear often that the intention is to make people angry so they will argue less well.
When my vocabulary becomes sharp in response, they tell me that I am in violation of the moderation policy, and they obviously consider themselves on the right side of the policy. But they don't ask for the comments to be moderated, and I cannot ask for my own comments to be moderated.
I want to confirm that these are violations of the 'be nice' policy, even if they are kind of hard to diagnose.