This was not a threat of any kind,
"If we need to pull rank with [email protected] here, we will."
"I'm confident that if it ever came to that, I'll have the backing of
[email protected], which is why I wrote what I wrote."
Those are threats.
No Dan, they are not. You're remarkably offensive for claiming that - not
only based on your own initial misinterpretation, but also after I took the
time to explain. Perhaps it has to do with a very bogus definition for
the word 'threat', by which one could consider every RFC as a threat as
well. It was a clear call to order. If you want to call it a threat, or
Coolio, or some other word - that is entirely up to you, but it does not
change the fact that it wasn't a threat.
 "This was not a threat of any kind, and framing it as such is
inappropriate by itself. I wasn't "threatening" to have anyone kicked or
otherwise penalized. It was a reminder of one of the ground rules -
respectful discussion and focusing on the ideas and not the people they
came from - and making it clear I have no intention to yield on it. I said
that if for some reason what has been and should continue to be obvious -
just as much as the discussions here have to be respectful (and in English)
- is no longer obvious - we'll make it clear. That's all."