Posted 2017-10-17 4:28 AM (#550441 - in reply to #550415) Subject: Re: trying to access a thread I have been posting in...
Deleting topics usually create more questions then they solve.
Individual topic starter/users feel bad about what happened, don't know how to handle this and often just want something like this 'to simply go away'.
That's not really how public forums work, as you're dealing with more than 1 or 2 people here.
I also understand doing a job as moderator can evenly be difficult about what to do in cases where topics go sour. Especially if there's some interesting tech being shared in the topic.
Not knowing why the topic got nuked, I think I personally would have just locked the topic with a simple explanation as a last post as to why it has been locked. So others can still gather the info posted, 'offenders' can see why it has been locked and topicstarters now know what happens to topics that go off track.
On the other hand, if there's blatant headbashing happening in a topic with only a small number of replies yet, and no real important or interesting info has been shared either, a deletion might just be in order.
Or at least a simple lock, with the mention that this topic will be removed in the next few days, again so everyone knows why and what happened.