Mark (emptym) moved the thread out of Men's Clothing because it was not about men's clothing, and for no other reason.
Plenty of people like to talk about bicycles, cars, etc... , and many of them do so in the Fine Living section. That section has existed for several years, before F. Corbera ever joined the forum. It was actually a section that we added back in 2005 (or 2006? It's been so long ago now), when j and I reorganized the forum to make it more navigable. We removed the thread because Monty deleted his original post, and because you deleted your posts, which makes the thread rather unreadable.
I apologize to all the other posters on that thread whose posts are not in limbo. Mark has contacted Monty asking if it would be alright if we reinstated his previous posts. If he chooses to not do that, we will make a new thread, but one without Monty or F. Corbera's posts. That would clearly not be the ideal solution, but at least some content would be preserved.
I looked briefly at all the posts, deleted and otherwise, after Mark told me about some issues, and I found nothing personal or non-archival about them. Obviously, F. Corbera's opinon differs. While we have the option of reading old posts, we only do the former when we investigate complaints, to see whether a poster edited out a racist slur or porn in order to avoid censure.
We do not ever read PMs. In addition to being against our policies, we've made it technically difficult to do, even for administrators. The only reason we'd ever "break into the vault", so to speak, would be at the behest of authorities investigating criminal activity, and have a warrant. I think that that is pretty reasonable.
I hope that clears things up.