The first reply to his first post (before he posted any of the others) was asking why he was flagged into oblivion. Your “people are interfering with the conversation” and “one post that set everyone aflame” narrative seems to assume that the conversation happened first. On the contrary, he was flagged as off-topic, and then the conversation started, from replying to a flagged post.
No. First, we are acting because he is repeating past mistakes, not because he’s failing once. Second, we are not trying to punish anyone.
Once again, the Off-Topic flag isn’t supposed to obliviate anything. It’s a call to move something, not to hide or delete it.
We are trying to get the discussion split off to somewhere where it is actually on-topic. If that isn’t the end result, take it up with the mods. Start a meta topic to have this issue looked at. But saying “don’t flag” isn’t the answer.
We’ve been told, again and again, by someone that has access to look at the stats, that we aren’t doing enough flagging, and we should be flagging everything even slightly questionable and letting the mods sort things out: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
Maybe off-topic flags shouldn’t hide a post. Maybe enough off-topic flags should automatically branch off the discussion to a new topic. I don’t know. But @codinghorror has said, and I believe him, that we should be flagging more, not less.