That thread was deteriorating long before LadyPekoe posted and was rebuked.
But this is subjective. I've seen references, both in this thread and the one that got locked, to posters calling others unethical. But the only thing I recall was someone calling *actions* unethical, not people. To me, there's a big difference. Are you sure you're not trying to see things?
I realize this is a minority view, and I'm hardly brown-nosing, but I don't see this favoritism everyone else does. For the most part, the worst offenders I'm aware of who consistently pushed the envelope are gone.
There's still some people who do it, but there's nothing stopping you from calling them on it, as long as it doesn't ratchet up the dialog. I've done it and I'm still alive!
Obviously, I could be missing something, but if someone held a gun to my head and asked who the mod favorites are at e-hell, I wouldn't even have a clue what to say.