It is, admittedly, very difficult to have to impose such a rule when the politicians, the wannabe-politicians, the ex-politicians, the should-be-ex-politicians, and their entourages are so ripe for abuse. Their names, their characteristics, their physical appearance, even their beliefs, their behaviors are irresistible. It's like a smorgasbord of opportunities begging for hate, ridicule, and disrespect. Back in late '16, the 'nicknames' started really started getting out of hand. Trump had won. Some of the Glock Talk Liberals, GT Never Trumpers, and previously undeclared snowflakes upset at the upcoming inauguration began a campaign of really nasty nicknames for Trump. Not to be outdone, Trump supporters released their own volley of choice names for Democrat politicians and their supporters. After the Inauguration, tempers rose even more. Unfortunately, members on both sides were banned for their behavior. On March 27, 2017, vote Republican, the senior Moderator for Political Issues published the "Additional rules to be aware of", the first being the very simple, "You must use the proper names of politicians or other subjects of threads." There is no scale of acceptability. No nicknames are allowed. For example, if you talk about Biden, it is Biden, Joe, Joe Biden. That is it. "Well, the guy is creepy, what's wrong with 'Creepy' Joe?" It's a nickname. Just state your opinion. Joe is creepy. Joe sniffs hair. Joe is senile. Joe bites/sucks his wife's fingers in public. Just don't create a nickname from his behavior. So, that's why we have the rule.