I love it (not) when posters start accusing other posters of being tattle-tells and crying to the mods when confronted with doing something wrong. What are you, fifth grade? *rolleyes* What the heck do you kiddies think the Moderators are there for?
Second of all, it is the utmost stupidity to go and parody someone else's work without permission and in an inflammatory manner, and then post it on the same messageboard they go to. We're not even talking about copyright issues. The X-board's caption contests have undoubtedly committed similar "crimes" dozens of times over, as well as any time someone scans and posts a comic/manga page. No, we're talking about something that's gonna be a much more immediate problem for the culprit. We're talking about trolling.
I don't really care one way or the other if Munchy and Sandman did a parody of CBF's webcomic in private, like over email or something. Nor when cashew wrote that slashfic between... two certain posters, not to mention the whole "forcing Pell to write porn" thing, plastered all over AIM. And even if I ever happen to be a victim of a similiar event, it still wouldn't be my responsibility to deal with it. It's when these things get posted up on the boards that it does, and must become my problem.
You'd think that with Munchy and Sandman being long-time posters, they ought to understand this already. They don't magically get exemptions from the rules (written or common sense/etiquette) just because they're on friendly terms with me and don't hail from SHC. Well, I guess I definitely overestimated their intelligence and common sense in this case, or possibly underestimated their pettiness and immaturity. *sighs*
Not that CBF handled the whole thing all that well, in my opinion. Reporting the problem to the moderator was the right thing to do. Getting into a flamewar with Munchy and Z-man (why the heck was he sticking his oar in there anyhow?!?) on the board over the issue was not helpful, not that I'd expected anything different from him. Granted, he had cause, since the thread was an obvious flamebait, and Munchy & Z-man were both being stubborn about it. Granted also, he was the injured party, and the other side certainly wasn't making any sense in their defense of the insult. Still, throwing another hothead into that conversation was just asking for an explosion.
Hopefully, certain people will have learned their lesson about this. If not, I guess I'll need to knock some sense into them when I log on AIM tonight and they bring it up.