The God. As far as I can tell I don't have an axe to grind, a dog in the fight, or any other colourful metaphor that would indicate a particular bias in this issue either way. So, you may find my observations about as objective as you will get. I'll let you decide. I have issues with some of the moderation on the forum. There is one moderator who, in my view, should not even be tolerated as an ordinary member and a couple more whose prejudices and biases should fully exclude them from the office. And there are at least two or three whose behaviour is exemplary. I mention this so that you are aware that I'm not somehow in the pocket of staff, or an unofficial spokesperson for them. You ask: "Q1. Is it proper on the part of the Moderator to give his response inside the OP itself ?" Absolutely yes. As a mod I have done this on at least three of the forums I have moderated and believe it was wholly appropriate in each case. It can offer several benefits, not all of them necessarily evident in each case: It serves as a warning and clarification for all members of what is and is not acceptable. It emphasises to the member receiving the moderation the seriousness of their 'offense'. It enables "justice to be seen to be done". It can clarify how subsequent posts in the thread should be read. Next you ask: "Q2. is there any rule for which a member can be awarded poins for reporting some other members post ?" I have no idea if there is a written rule, but I do not see how this would run counter to the principle and intent of moderation. Finally you ask: "Q3. Was the Moderator action Justified " I have not taken the time that would be required to properly assess this. It would require reading far beyond the subject thread. Perhaps it was; perhaps it wasn't. Based on the reaction on the thread so far the opinion appears to be that it was. If we polled the members who have not responded I suspect the majority view would be "I don't give a damn." My final two observations - you may not like the second one. 1. You are clearly upset about what you see as an injustice. That's reasonable. We can all get upset. 2. When I read the sub-text of your posts I see someone who is looking for a fight. Perhaps you do not intend that. If you do not then you will appreciate that you need - urgently - to adjust your posting style. On the other hand, if you are looking for a fight you should not be surprised when someone takes you up on it.