What's with the hypervigilence in thread closings?
I can see closing a thread that is only personal attacks or advertising spam but, besides the obvious answers of "we own it and can do what we want" and "we want to avoid flaming", is it justified intellectually to close threads on a forum (especially as the habit seems to be doing so without warning) on the chance that feelings might begin to be hurt? Or flaming might begin? Or the topic is controversial? Or because the moderating finds the topic off track or not constructive enough? That's highly subjective. If people don't want to keep reading the thread, there are plenty of others. This seems heavy handed, rather patronizing to the sensibilities of the readers, and so subjective as to be very likely to lead to abuse.
I read that: "Moderators come from upstanding and knowledgeable forum members of the CBR Community. It is their role to keep the Forums as a whole running smoothly. Parts of this include keeping discussion flowing, removing inappropriate content and settling disputes."
Threads are closed that were not requested to be closed by disputing parties, and that do not have banned content. If "keeping discussing flowing" is the allegation, simply closing and locking a tread seems a heavy handed way of going about it.