Why are forums being locked? I understand that fluffs on this can be bothersome but isn't this taking it a step too far? If you have a problem with a forum then why look at it? Locking a post says to the person "Your comments don't matter." Isn't this site supposed to be about tolerating other people and their beliefs? Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if this post is locked. I just think it is ironic that a site that preaches tolerance and locks peoples forum post just because it might be fluffy or unrealistic. And if these posts are starting fights then gag the people who start it and be done with it. Or just do what I said and don't visit the post in the first place.
Re: Locking Forums
By: Kimmypot / Novice Nov 04, 2012
Post # 2
Locking forum post ,deleting etc. are one of the responsibilities of a Moderator .I don't see anything bad about it.It is done to avoid more fights,debates,or just to avoid words that really dirty and sexually explicit.
The main reason for this is stop arguements.And to avoid expressions,phrases,and words that are not acceptable for SOM because we're being visited by minors or children.
Re: Locking Forums
By: WhiteRav3n / Knowledgeable Nov 18, 2012
Post # 7
Locking is a way to preserve people's posts yet stop a topic gone bad. Many people would be upset if a long thread was deleted. And sometimes deleting single posts within a topic causes confusion for the thread's linear progression.
Let's consider when someone writes 5 paragraphs opposing an idea. Or even worse many long posts. If we delete the entire topic, he may be so frustrated, he won't want to post again. If we were to delete the post(s) he responded to, its still time wasted on his part because no one else will understand his point or what he was referring to. This person did nothing wrong, he just wrote in a thread that was becoming hostile or disturbing other members. In this case, we would lock it. The topic is still there to be viewed, it can be found in a search, but it cannot continue any further, and it will "die" (become buried by new threads).
If a topic is inappropriate to begin with, a moderate should delete. If the topic is interrupted by an inappropriate post (or spam), then we delete the post itself and leave the rest untouched.
Now granted, some moderators make better judgement calls than others based off of their experience, and how much time they have free to correct the problem.
I personally administrated a video game developer's official game board for many years, hosted events, and helped players to troubleshoot game performance issues, therefore my ways are going to be on a professional level. If I have a problem with someone's behavior or posts and act, they will know I did it, exactly what I did, and why. Mods don't have to do this, but I like to. It also works as a record for my actions so there is no question about them, nor lies spread concerning them.