Followup and clarification:
Now that we have calmed down a bit on this (all of us I hasten to add) I have decided to un-lock this topic as I find the suppression of discussion both abhorant and counter productive. But before we jump back into the fray
a coupld of comments.
First, I can not promise that posts will not be removed without prior notice to the poster. This would prevent moderators from deleting spam, overt pornography, racial-sexual-etc bigotry and I don't think anyone here wants that. The worst of these will be deleted without comment to the forum or the poster without appology.
Second, the next level of forum-incompatible posts will be deleted first but where possible the poster will be informed. This is where I was not diligent enough. If you look back at the two posts that were deleted I erased these without contacting the posters but you will also note that I posted a brief anonymous (I did not mention names) comment in the same topic asking the individuals to please be careful. I wrongly thought that they would trust me not to censor unless I had an excellent reason. However, I underestimated the emotional reaction - and I must admit that I probably would have reacted the same way. Once that reaction was started there was no containing it. So, mea culpa, I have learned (and I hope you will give me the benefit of the doubt here) that a much more personal approach is necessary for such situations. Note I say 'where possible'. The reason for that is that sometimes a whole topic must be removed (e/g/ the booze thread) and then it is simply impossible to write an explanation to all the posters.
Third, there are a gray area of posts that are marginal. I hope these are rare since we all have lives. The policiy now till be for the mods will discuss these in the MOD area before coming to some sort of consensus. However, in the interests of efficiency I have to say that my decision will be final. In these cases we will contact the poster BEFORE any action is taken. Since this class of post are likley to represent unplanned double-entendres, I suspect that most people will agree to simply modify the post.
Note, these rules will apply to all members, including the mods and admins. We try as far as possible to be an equal community. Note also I am not going to set rules that distinguish between the above catagories - I have great faith in the competence and standards of the Mods and, in any case, all forum areas are moderated by multiple individuals (with a couple of exceptions that I do by myself).
I hope all the members are comfortable with this approach and I thank V for raising the issue of consistency issue but I also ask all members to approach these issues as if the PDO staff really are trying to keep the forum as jus the A1 star when it comes to 'client satisfaction and really do not want a two tier censorship structure. Errors may occur but please assume, at least in the first place, that these were accidents and not intentional.Last lastly I do ask that you read this post in its entirely (I will add it to the topic in the announcement area) before making any additional comments.
very best to you all...