Perhaps we (collectively as subscribers) need to consider whether to block/eliminate problem posters as opposed to locking forum topics from further discussion.
It seems well-intentioned forum topics get caught in back and forth “discussions” which are capable of turning “ugly”. Isn’t that why we have a “warning system” for posters who tread too close to the “line”?
Heated and spirited discussions don’t necessarily generate into discussions unsuitable for the site. In the most recent one that was locked down - I don’t recall warnings, or reminders not to go too far astray from discussions - and while I’m not privilege to the discussions that were modified or changed by the moderator, it would seem some sort of reminder to the poster - as well as finding out the direction the topic takes would seem to be in order.
We all get wrapped pretty tight when responding to topics close to our heart, and frustration is easy to set in - leading to sarcastic comments, or beyond. I’m just wondering if we are pulling the trigger a bit too quickly, and aren’t using the warning system that was built into the board by the owner? Just a thought - as I understand the efforts to keep the board and it’s topics from going astray, but I also recognize the disappointment when a topic is locked when an opposing view is presented that might seem a bit “hostile”.
- We have a system of warnings that are moderated.
- We have a method to edit offensive posts - or remove words that can lead to flames.
- We have this part of the board (Protest Room) to meet and further discuss why we are going astray, and how it can be fixed.
- We have methods to suspend or block posters.
- It just seems that locking a topic is really skirting all of the earlier ways to settle us all down, and is like using a baseball bat to bring us into line.
Just my thoughts. I am capable of being warned without taking offense. Hopefully others are as well.