Originally Posted by mordecai
Because not every post that warrants deletion necessarily warrants a banning. I've also edited out a couple of seemingly unintentional insults from otherwise decent posts, and I removed the inflammatory language from a thread title for a worthwhile topic. I don't post everything I do here, because usually the infraction is pretty obvious, as you've noticed, and unless we've decided to ban someone, I have little interest in embarrassing posters for getting emotional or acting stupid occasionally. My goal is to have discussions go as smoothly and as cordially as possible and I err on the side of caution so as not to worry regulars that my moderating reflects my political biases. Putting someone on the pillory doesn't serve any of those ends, unless a thread starts resembling the comments on a CNN editorial.
I understand what you're saying, and forgive me if I'm overstepping my bounds on the whole "don't fight the moderators" rule around here. However, I have a very serious problem with the idea that our posts are now subject to editing by a mod whenever that mod deems it appropriate. Your intent may be otherwise noble, but the execution is sorely lacking. It's one thing if it happens as an occasional joke in DT, but I find it objectionable that you're basically saying you're willing to change our words without any indication to others (or the poster whose words you've changed) that such a thing has happened.
What you're saying about not making a big deal about every deletion makes perfect sense, but it took repeated appeals for an answer before we got one regarding the posts that were deleted, including at least one from someone who had their post deleted. "We do this discretely on occasion" is reasonable to me, but we asked repeatedly what happened to iroh's posts, and Bhowie asked specifically about his own post. Avoiding public shame seems like a pretty flimsy defense when it was already out in public view.