I'm not interested in this anymore, but as a valued contributor to the site, I respect, and will answer your question.Some robust smiting of two mongs in particular might have save what was a good thread.
As I said up thread old boy, the last straw was a dozen individuals deciding to derail over three pages of the thread, not two people.
Two people dicking about on a thread takes me less than sixty seconds to sort out. That's not a problem, that's we do day in day out. What I'm not prepared to do, and nor is any other mod, is to write warning after warning only to be ignored and spend hours dealing with just one thread. It's unreasonable to expect anybody to have to do that on an adult site with individuals of a supposedly shared military interest.
I was sorry to see the thread destroyed as well.