“. . .with him being an admin he has to expect critique from time to time. . . ”
Well no, he doesn't have to ever expect critique. There are plenty of forums that perma-ban participants for their very first critique of the mods, but in those forums the mods do not participate in discussions. It's a role confusion issue that Hal is both contributor to the forum, and moderator thereof.
I will note at this juncture that this forum has the most odd rules of any forum I've ever participated in. I have participated in dozens of forums from gaming to advanced physics and engineering forums for more than 20 years, and NEVER have I seen a forum where there is a host of rules about what you can't post on. The fact this is such a very LONG list is pretty childish and petty, and the fact you can get banned for unintentionally violating this very lengthy list on the FIRST occasion (which happened to me) despite this is in violation of the stated rules for bans, is evidence of a broken system.
Nothing against Hal. I should note that despite i was banned for 3 days for my first rules violation, I was then not banned for my second, which was also unintentional. These are all evidence of a broken system. Hal makes his own rules because, well, thats the way things work here. The fix, is to have some accountability as a moderator. Trouble is, that would take some volunteers, and isn't that the number one problem plaguing SWC, lack of volunteers helping out?