There have been and there are and there will be situations in which a particular member says something that sets off a bunch of other members, and those other members then all confront the first member at once, leading to the first member believe that they're being ganged-up on. If a third party believes that this is about to happen, and perhaps believes that all members are trying to act in good faith but everyone is too emotionally invested to carefully read the posts from the other side, what do? If there were a roughly even split in opinion, I would say let everyone talk freely, because disagreements are generally good and getting things into the open is generally good. But if there's a disparity in the numbers, and especially if one member finds themself up against a group, then that member is liable to feel unfairly put upon and leave, which is counter to what I perceive to be the philosophy behind the forum. On the other hand, I am not reliably capable of defusing arguments. I can make things worse, but making them better is not one of my skills. Should I alert a mod? Should I try my meager abilities at bomb defusing? Should I keep quiet and hope people cool down before we lose a member? Should I attempt a pickle and say something so unhelpful that both sides turn on me, thus bringing about solidarity in the face of an even greater threat?