last time I looked this is a privately owned forum. No where does it say this is a democracy. If the forum owner decided that the thread should be gone it is not our place to question it. We are visitors in HIS house and should abide by HIS decisions.
I do not think we are a community as much as I think we are guests with the privilege to post on this forum. If the representatives of the forum owner decide to delete a thread, then so be it. If you do not like it, choose an alternative
Our thoughts and opinions drive the forum. Without them, advertising dollars from the banner ads just sort of... go away. When you create a space for people to offer up their thoughts and opinions freely, asking only that they conduct themselves respectfully and stay on-topic, then the freedom to discuss anything within these parameters is inferred. At least in countries with a healthy respect for freedom of speech.
You two seem to think it's rude or improper to question this site's policy. Remember, it is the users who shape this site every bit as much as the owner and mods. Without our input, this would be a very different place indeed. We've gotten so much from this site... don't we owe it to the people who run it to speak up when we feel a decision or new policy is wrong?