I was surprised this evening that one particular moderator, who is this one, was completely unprofessional and exhibited substantial disdain to a fellow user on this website (myself). In short, I have had a small discussion here with some users about the benefit (and the harm) that downvoting does to a website. I expressed my personal opinion, and a moderator, who is "Cody Gray", claimed, that all moderators agreed with one user (that downvoting is good). After questioning whether there was a real consensus about this issue, I got the following ironical response from "Bhargav Rao":
There was a consensus meeting held yesterday in the mod room just to make sure that the moderators on Stack Overflow agreed with what DavidG said. We authorized Cody Gray to be our representative.
Of course, the point of the argument (whether anyone's point is right or wrong) is irrelevant, but the fact that 2 moderators intervened, where the first one claiming that all other moderators agreed with what one person said, and the second one stating that they met the day before said person commented and agreed that they will agree with his comment (that was not yet written), and authorizing "Cody Gray" to be their representative, indicates a level of non-professionalism that SO is sinking into. It seems that some SO moderators are not taking their mandate seriously.
My question is: Should such behavior be tolerated on SO? And if it's not, how do moderators address such situations where one moderator acts unprofessionally (who will moderate moderators? If it tolerated, then what is the limit? I understand that everyone wants to be "funny" from time to time and make other people laugh, but this is a professional site, and, IMHO, moderators should set an example.
The conversation is presented here, but exists currently in the comments section on rptwsthi's nomination: