As a member of tMp now for some time I have always enjoyed the debate / banter whatever you want to call it. However just recently this enjoyment has decreased due to what I (and maybe others too!) see as ‘over sensitive’ moderating. For me part of debating is that there will be conflicting views and these, should be allowed to be bought forward and allowed to develop. I do agree that this should not become nasty, threatening or vindictive but sometimes personal comments will occur because people care and are passionate about their banding. John is passionate too about his banding, that’s why he set this forum up and made it free for us all to use. It appears when moderators feel, in their opinion, somebody has stepped over the line they withdraw the post. That is their prerogative and role within a forum such as this. However they have openly admitted they withdraw posts, however constructive and well written, just because of one personal comment. I understand that they may have to do this to protect John from legal costs. But surely the edit function is there for moderators to use as well! Would it not be as quick for them to just edit the post, remove the ‘offensive element’ and leave the constructive & relevant points. The moderators post that they do not have the time to discuss these comments in the background, so why not just edit? Surely that is quicker? Another comment from the mod’s, which we constantly read, is ‘we give up our free time to do this’. Yes you do and we all appreciate that. However it’s your choice to do it. Just as it’s our choice and our free time used as members to post! I am not asking tMp to lose any of its values in terms of being family friendly but just to ask the moderating team to remember that passions run high and things get said in the heat of the moment in any ‘family’ environment and offensive comments aside a lot of good can come out of heated discussions! We do not live in a world where the sun always shines and the grass is always green and nobody fall’s out! Therefore can I ask the mod’s to consider editing posts rather than simply withdrawing when a post has something constructive and relevant to the debate? Thank you.