You're being unfair with Shayne. I can hardly believe you've actually read this thread.
If you did, then you must have seen how it was Shayne who was first the object of sniping and ridicule by Nicole (Post 24 - middle graphs). Shayne's first two posts were principled and his response to her Post 24 in his Post 25 was measured and rational, not sniping. Shayne's follow-up in Post 26 went to the heart of the matter and actually sympathetically told Nicole to "forget about the incident" since she was having the content removed.
Now, check out the snide comments of Nicole in Post 28 in response to Shayne's measured posts! Here's what she said: "What I am saying is I will not be discussing it with you further." This post opened the floodgates. Lance made his snide post (29), and Nicole let loose with both barrels of hysteria in Post 31, which was uncalled for. Shayne's calling her a "brat" in post 32 was incendiary but, unfortunately correct, considering Nicole's refusal do deal with the principles in this matter and her going after him personally when he hadn't taken it to that level yet.
Just briefly, Shayne kept mostly to the issues afterward despite being called a "buzzkilling troll" by katdaddy. an "ARI Crapper" by Malcom, a "moralizer" by MSK, an "asshole" by Sarah House. Shayne speculated on why so many people would not deal with the principle of the matter in this thread, and he was right to do so.
All of that said, Shayne can be abrasive, unlike our soft and passive Lindsay. ;-) But I've found Shayne's posts recently to be predominantly rational and to the point more often than not -- and not testy. For some evidence, check out his last 10 posts. Good stuff. He doesn't deserve to be moderated any more than Bidinotto does for his testiness, straw men and ad hominem.