There was a thread in "Penny for Your Thoughts" that initially discussed why another thread had been deleted. This second thread was civil and actually started to offer some constructive thoughts about deletions. The tone was well-modulated. There was no profanity, no flaming, no insults. It met the "would you say this in a real café?" standard put forth in the FAQ. The topic and mode of expression were "family friendly." It did drift some, but not as badly as other threads that have been retained. If it was off-topic, could it not have been moved instead of deleted?
In one post, landmark suggested that in order for a community to understand and abide by rules, it might be helpful to have staff post why they delete a thread. Ironically, this thread has now been deleted without a word from staff. Are we not supposed to acknowledge publicly that staff edits? That people are banned?
I've reviewed the various stated policies of The Café and cannot, for the life of me, figure out what's going on. Could someone explain this one to me? Usually, when I've had a post deleted, I've receive a PM from staff that explains what happened. That's not happened in this case. I don't anticipate an argument; I'd just like to know how to abide by the rules when the rules seem, at times, to be so obscure.