We have no idea how much does or doesn't go on 'behind the scenes' between the moderators and posters, so.....what I'm saying is admittedly based just on impressions and guesswork.
There have been some threads that have seemed to go astray principally from the postings of one member. I have wondered why a moderator didn't step in (not necessarily publicly; maybe just by PM) and tell him to at least watch it, if not to cut it out .....rather than letting things go to where the thread has to be closed. Perhaps this has indeed been done, but just not visibly; or perhaps the moderators haven't seen the threads in this way.
The moderators seem in general to follow a laissez-faire, "let-'em-play" approach as much as possible, and that's great. It's hard to know exactly where to draw lines, and this site seems to draw them in just about exactly the right place. The reason I raise this is that there have seemed to be some clear-cut instances where the reining-in of a single poster (and I don't mean banning!) would have allowed a topic to proceed as intended.
No need necessarily to reply. But I hope this will get a moment's thought, if it hasn't recently.
Edited by Mark_C (08/17/10 11:03 PM)
Edit Reason: clarification
"Everything I say is my opinion, including the facts." :-)