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Too many off-(main)-topic comments there. Please put further discussions below.
And if you're reading this, please go and upvote Willie's comment on that thread so that the link to meta appears "above the fold".
I'm personally not opposed to a bit of pedantry or a bit of pun in the comments. Humour and levity do brighten the day. What I am opposed to is a high noise to signal ratio.
When secondary tangential discussions, especially those that can be contentious, drown out comments that are actually concerned with the primary mission of MO, I think a line has been crossed. And I hope that those involved in such discussions should have the awareness to bring such discussions themselves to Meta before too many useful comments fall under the fold.
Also, another reason I started this thread is because there was a danger that the comments may degenerate into yet another discussion about what is and what is not appropriate on MO, and I am pretty sure we've all agreed that such discussion about MO should happen on Meta, and not on MO itself.
In the good old days, we didn't need to have these discussions because we closed almost every questionable question anyway.
Also, could someone please tell me what the original comments were that pissed people off so much?
To clarify Gerhard's account a little bit, it was Mariano who made the comment (which is still there) about analogy with language, an observation some people feel are besides the point and some people feel are inaccurate; unknown (google) decided to call Mariano out on both, and used some unpleasant language along the way. (That one was deleted.)
(Edit: after re-reading Gerhard's description, it appears I may have misunderstood at first what he was trying to say. This post was edited to reflect my "Aha!" moment.)
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Grétar, Richard Gowers would be gowers's son, who was mentioned in his comment, and Dick Gowers would be his grandfather.