The other half of the channels I'm in are with assholes I can deal with most of the time, and kicking/banning ends up being all in good (if immature) fun. If someone irritates me, well.. that's what /ignore is for, right?
Anyway, I got into a "discussion" (read: argument) tonight about a certain event I started a few years ago. Ever since, I've been dealing with crap put out by these egotistical assholes I mentioned above. Well, someone mentioned it in this channel, and despite the fact I was headed for bed, I just couldn't let it go. So I replied, somehow editing the choice words I first typed before actually hitting enter. And, lo and behold, they backed off a bit. I gave them some background, told my side of things, and eventually the discussion wandered off to safer ground. Amazing.
Sadly, I fear they were too stuck up on themselves to really appreciate it, but at least for a time they might not keep dumping on something that took a lot of effort to pull off. We'll see.