I wasn't kidding, I do think it was directed at me.
FWIW, when I read it I also wondered if it was a deliberate, yet covert, attack.
Then my ruling (if that's what you're asking for) is I do not see a personal insult towards you anywhere in this post, and will not be issuing a warning or suspension. You can appeal if you wish.
Call someone "a kid" three days in the hold.
Someone does not understand what "have you stopped beating your wife" means three days in the hole.
In both cases IIRC we were told because the person it was directed at felt it was an insult then it was an insult.
Here the person said it was taken as an insult. Not even a warning!
"All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others."
And 1BB lives! Internet brutality! Just like Hitler! An outrage opportunity! Web-forum justice warriors to the barricades! This is getting hilarious. Here's an insult for you: the emotional age among many of the most regular posters on this forum is a number smaller than their shoe size. Which is exactly why some of them are here. And that statement is absolutely intended to insult any and all people who suffer from willful chronic footwear/grownup ratio deficiency. If it fits, wear it. Or, grow up, and don't.
Well, I can't ignore that. No hypotheticals there. You yourself have said you intended to insult.
3 days. See you then.
He also could have used the same post to correct the possibly mistaken impression he left (which I still don't think WAS personal, but others disagree) in the first post, but he didn't.
There have been other times, you are correct, where it was vague or implied, and thus was not subject to moderation.
It's something that is best done (IMO) on a case-by-case basis.