Ban alexa !
LOL, thank you for your support in this matter.
More seriously, of course I'm posting like this in the awareness that that may be the outcome. I would prefer not, overall, but the realistic alternative is in any case for me to be driven away exactly like countless others before me, many of whom have commented publicly (both here and elsewhere) on the reasons for their departure. In my opinion, the only real rules a forum of this kind needs are two, if they're strictly enough enforced: "no self-promotional posting" and "no rudeness". They would absolutely transform the place, and possibly even gradually attract the return of a large number of formerly active members.
It seems to me (and apparently to some others) that it would be a trivially easy task to accomplish. :|