So I’ve been confused with some recent threads that have been locked by mods. I’m not going to cite any of these threads directly, though you might be able to recognize them by description.
In one case, there was a kind of a serious subject matter that occasionally veered into difficult contention. A rule that was cited frequently was Rule 3, of “Not asking people to explain their oppression to you.” But when the thread was locked, the mods pointed to Rule 10, which had not seemed to come up prior. This confused me as a participant, and I did not understand what needed to be curtailed in the discussion. Threads have been shut down in the past for “running their course”, and I think there needs to be further clarification of that status? I’ve also seen threads that have been shut down for veering off topic, rather than been steered in a different direction. Threads have also been locked due to tense arguments, which I empathize with, but also would appreciate some clarification on this.
The most recent thread I’m thinking about, though, truly honestly confused me. A Jokes N’ Dokes thread was shut down less than a day after it’s posting. The final mod post didn’t give any reason as to why it was locked. As far as I could see, the thread violated no rules. This… actively bothers me. It not only felt like an unnecessary lock, but the community was also given no way to understand why the discussion warranted a lock in the first place.
I’ve been frequenting the Waypoint Forums for a while now, and I deeply appreciate and value the space it provides and the community that is here. In order to have the discussions (serious or silly) that make me value this forum, there needs to be clarity in what does and does not consist of unacceptable behavior, and when someone is doing it. I would greatly appreciate more communication and more clarity behind that, especially when no rules have been cited.