I guess it always depends who you get in an argument with. There will always be some unfriendly and not everybody is compatible in terms of speech, culture and so on with everybody. What you might consider unfriendly some might consider normal. It is an international community.
I won't point to what I consider rude in that specific post as there's no need to drag this any further. I also count on you being smart enough to read it yourself and see what I mean (want to see real alliances threads> check L1N, check S0N, check A0A. that's not an alliance thread, it's simply a thread in whcih they purposely attack another alliance and a certain raider, that's all).
People in this game (some of them) have taken things to far. For example there used to be a time when the recruiting chat was fun. People went in there and just posted funny stuff, maybe they even argued but it was fun. But some...let say that they made the report function a job in itself and at the moment you don't know what you can or cannot say in there because there are some watching the chat 24/7 with the report button in hand. The alliance war has not only become a fuel war (which I have spoken against over a year ago because I think it ruins the game experience for any new raider) but also a ban war. I saw kids reported and banned for stupid jokes they didn't even mean just because certain older raider knew how to trap them into saying whatever was necessary. At the moment for many raiders it's just terror. They cannot talk, they cannot say anything, there are at least a few in this game with alts everywhere in any given alliance that stalk people. I don't know how they have so much spare time but that's what they do. I am risking right now even writing this here.But yes, this is the truth. You want to talk about bad guys? You haven't met them YET! Anyway....if you need any help look me up in game. Same name as in here (unless banned, of course!).
I appreciate your understanding of the matter and have pointed out that not EVERYONE in the I87 alliance is unfriendly (I know a few here and there personally). For me, this is less about banning alliances in the War or banning strategies but more about preventing certain individuals from ruining the experience for other players.
The whole idea of a fuel war is difficult to manage and balance and that is a point I agree with and also the reason why I chose to stick to a small private alliance to avoid getting over-competitive.
The Alliance Wars turned into a Ban War mostly because of that aggressive over-competitiveness. Realistically and economically, if you spend so much in game, it's easier to simply buy the fuel and a White Flag book than compete in the Alliance War for the top three places.
An alliance relies on all its members, including those who may, at times, be out of line. It's up to the alliance itself to help regulate its individual components, otherwise once external factors (like myself) get involved, the problem becomes messy.
As for your point on raiders "trapping" other kids by manipulating them into saying something they may not mean, it is much harder to regulate that. But the important check that can be used to determine the report's validity is CONTEXT. A manipulative individual cannot simply ask a kid to say something. He needs to wind his way around and that takes a length conversation. To any external viewer, it is very clear when such an act is happening.
What really annoyed me about a couple of I87's members is how they were simply downright aggressive without any warning, reason or else. Their aim was to, obviously, get me angry but as a person who has dealt with this over the years in person, I know how to handle such individuals and not "lose myself."
I do not simply wish to ban everyone who is like this. As you mentioned, it is an international community. But just like the interlaced connections in a city, the removal of select individuals helps to peacefully resolve the conflict on both sides. This kind of reporting is more easily done by a socially popular vote (many different players using different IP addresses from across the globe) agreeing to ban select members for their behaviour. It is a complicated system, but it is more rewarding to the general community.
I am not trying to impose a new banning system though, and also am not trying to disband the whole of I87, but I am merely asking them to refrain from insulting others. Again, no names are being listed about those I have previously encountered (and just to assure you, you are not on this short list of individuals which seem to have cropped up in many different situations).
If this verbal war ended between these individuals and the majority of the community, then all will be well. Another point is to bring up is.....why? Why do they make such unfriendly "jokes" to others which seem to lack any kind of coherent logic and sense? There is no reason to be aggressive to your fellow players, and acting in such a manner is like asking to be banned.
If you ever want to speak directly in game, my name is the same as in here as well (Luisssboom) or you can contact me by my alt account (Bugboyluis).
PS: Forgive me for the late reply. One of the downsides of being is a boarding school is that the internet cuts out at a certain time. I was too slow in typing this reply and could not complete it before the cut off time.