Wow, what drama! Are we sure this isn't an SCA Baronial meeting?
To be honest, I was sad to see Ron get a suspension. I honestly don't have anything against him. As many have noted and commented here, he is an amazing contributor to the site, and his inputs will be missed. If this is the sort of reaction just my presence will cause, I hope that others will actually step up to the plate and take action to get themselves into a position to be a mod, so that there are more viable candidates to choose from. I still feel I have a lot to offer the community, and as I have repeatedly said, I love the whole idea of StakExchange, and feel it is a worthwhile investment of my time.
However, as others have pointed out, this is a community. Not the personal blog of one individual to attempt to dictate their view of how everyone else ought to behave. We arrive at non-negotiable social contracts by virtue of being such a community. If one chooses to repeatedly violate norms of descent behaviour, and then claim one should be immune to reprimands because of a persecution complex, things will not go smoothly.
Now, I value Ron's contributions, and I understand that he (by virtue of his words and actions, which may be misconstrued in interpretation through the internet) thinks I don't like him. He is mistaken in that. I really have no feelings towards him one way or another, never having met him, and really having very little interaction with him. As such, I am happy to leave it to any other mod to handle his questions and answers totally without me intervening (just to preserve his presence here).
And yes, the whole crank thing was a joke and poke. Again, divining intent and emotion through text is very, very difficult. It was probably not in the best taste for a joke, but at that point in the chat, Ron hadn't really gotten into stride where I thought it would be taken as poorly as it did.
A note for the community, suspensions generally are not discussed outside of mod only venues, or with the affected individual directly. It's not something that should be aired outside those restricted channels (at least in every moderation type of function I have ever held).
And if anyone wants to know who this "Larian" fellow is, my real name is Jan Stephan Lundquist. You can find me on LinkedIn as Steve Lundquist (Greater Boston Area). As an atheist, and someone who is probably more socially liberal than others who are or were associated with the DoD, I tend to try to keep my personal views and opinions separate from my professional life. But I figure you guys can know.