To be clear, I'm not suggesting a change. I'm just pointing out one of the alternatives. I'll be doing the same for most of the Forum Rules.
Personally, I support the Progressive System.
I know that it was an example. I commented on it because you made it. Nothing more, nothing less.
I'll go ahead and agree with this - partly. A member of the moderation team should be in there calling on Dr. Vita to explain his stance and to provide more justification for comments like that. Perhaps when we get additional mods hired, that will be more feasible. But even then, we won't read every single post in real time. I like to think that if somebody had reported Dr. Vita's post instead of responding the way GNM did, that would have happened.
I do think that ignoring is at least partly effective. If somebody is trolling, they become bored without an audience to respond to.
Another option, if somebody really felt the need to respond, would be to explain why it's NOT a weak statement from Nintendo. It could be pointed out how common it is to stagger releases in the industry, how spreading them out over time allows Nintendo to release different bundles throughout the year. It both the game industry and in other industries such as movies, releases are actively shifted to avoid colliding with major releases. It's widely accepted to be the right strategy vs. releasing everything simultaneously.
What I think that happened is that GNM's post got reported. GNM's post contained the entirety of Dr. Vita's contributions to the thread up to that point, so even if a mod is in a hurry and doesn't have the time to review the entire context, in this particular instance the entire context was actually present. Sure, you can't read every single post, but in this instance that cannot be an issue. The alternative is that GNM's post did not get reported, so the mod in question (CGI-Quality) was reading through the thread; in that case an excuse that some of the context was missing wouldn't hold true to begin with.
I don't think that reporting Dr. Vita would trigger any visible reaction by the mod team, because the posts are too harmless in isolation. What triggered GNM's response is a long-running pattern. I don't think that ignoring would work in this specific case, because Dr. Vita has no interest to enter an argument; it simply isn't his goal, so a lack of responses wouldn't make him stop what he is doing. Veknoid provided an argument and asked Dr. Vita to elaborate, but unsurprisingly there was no response. The community is given three respectable options (as in, perceived by the mod team, not by me) to deal with Dr. Vita, but none of them lead to a satisfying result. That's why we end up at option 4, calling out the poster. If nothing else, it motivates the mod team to take a closer look, something that wouldn't happen otherwise.
In summary, we are dealing with a case where only the mod team can bring any sort of change. The community cannot hold Dr. Vita accountable, but the mod team can. This is not a request for going back to this particular instance, but something to keep in mind for the future.
PS: In case you wonder why I consider option 4 to be respectable, it's because it opens up the possibility for progress.