Mplain's single deleted post was a direct Jab at the Facebook admin team (which shares members with our mod team). The only thread we deleted was the Kung Fu deck list thread that derailed into conversation that could be considered unwelcoming to some. When I talk about "the law" - I'm just speaking in flavorful terms for the staff around these parts. We have rules, and they'll be enforced. We prefer to function in private, if a thread or post is deleted you should receive a private message - we don't believe in publicly shaming anyone who is attempting to contribute. We'll explain why the post has been removed. You are free to argue your case.
Our goal is to be a welcoming community, we try not to ban anyone. And we haven't had to. We don't censor opinions that differ from ours - that discussion is healthy. We remove content that is not constructive or threads that have completely derailed.
If a conversation starts as strategy and becomes a battle of political opinions that may offend someone - the thread is likely going to vanish. This is our way of welcoming new members and not letting the community collapse under the weight of it's own debate. We are always open to any complaints you may have, but the proper forum for that is via private message.
We recognize that without you guys the Gazette would not be as successful as it is - but we also work hard to foster new growth. Doomtown has a unique community, and we believe it is our job to cater for that.
I personally watch every single thread - and while there is content I disagree with - most of it has a place on these boards. Only one post has recently been deleted by the mods. Every other post deleted has been by the original posters. The post deleted was an obvious attempt at baiting.
If a topic derails - start a new thread. A thread about a deck list turned into a thread about perceived sexism. A discussion that, as long it remains civil, is welcome. But due to the possible sensitive nature of the topic should be in it's own thread, and should be handled maturely. Neither of which happened.
People of all race, age, creed, and gender play Doomtown:Reloaded. We want to make our forums a welcoming place to all. We all love this game, there is no reason for us to be at odds. I feel like this entire situation is blown out of proportion. @Mplain should have PM'ed me and the mod team about his post. We would have resolved it.
I chose to hide, not delete, the "My first attempt at kung fu" - due to the direction the thread went. Not the mods, not the other admins, but me. The responsibility for this decision does not fall on anyone else but me. It wasn't due to my personal opinion in the matter, but rather how the thread would look to people just jumping into the community. I care very much about how Doomies look to potential new players. I love this game, and this community, and I seek to help it grow. This sometimes means taking the unpopular action, and ruffling some feathers.
I responded in the other thread as well. I'm sorry that you didn't agree with what I had to say. I still stand by my team though.
They were hand picked by me, they are volunteers who chose to dedicate their time to making this place the place to be, and I have utmost faith in them. We all make the wrong choices sometimes - and if you believe in any case we have, we would love to hear from you. Privately.
Few Stats to Date:
Non Spam Posts Deleted by Mod team - 3. All of which violated the rules.
Threads HIDDEN (not deleted) - 1. By me.
Bans of Non-Bot Users: 0.
I hope this response is satisfactory.
-Alex, Administrator and Owner