And I don't feel I am "shooting people down" by expressing that opinion.
There is a big difference between discussing user interface design and going after people personally. To me, this sounds more like "shooting people down" than discussing the best user interface for Moodle:
I find very disturbing the fact that some Moodle users want to remove a feature used by some other Moodle users just because they don't use it and so they see it as pointless.
Since there's no mention of user interface elements anywhere, and repeated comments about the person who mentioned the concern, some might see that as not so much a discussion of user interface design as it is a personal attack.
That comment about "shooting people down" might also reference the following. Do you think this is about the interface, or are most of these words about the people involved in the discussion?:
Why would you make other people's questions invalid ? Of course when re-editing the question they just have to enter a non breaking space, but why would they have to do that just because you think that such questions should not exist ?
Maybe calling people sloppy will be productive:
Well, that's too bad. The fact that some users are not careful enough is no reason to remove a feature which is useful to other (more careful) users.
Is that how you talk to people face to face at work, attacking their motives because they aren't familiar with your use case?