Can't a group of people just be allowed to argue their point any more?
So what if it gets heated and people use an insult or two? It's not a PHYSICAL FIGHT in the REAL world, the only things that may get hurt are egos.
The MODS are simply suppressing freedom of expression when inevitably two opposite forces clash, constructive or less constructive it shouldn't matter unless people are actually using threatening language.
If people get offended by reading passionate debates then they don't have to continue reading!
Honestly, I don't think it is JUST hostility that makes a thread get locked quickly, it is the same arguments over and over and over and over and over that get stupid quick, hence leading to people flaming others instead of actively pursuing a logical answer. I have no problem with them doing that. Also, I don't think this thread will get locked, but it needs to be moved......... to a more appropriate section.
Yes, they really are quite lax. Recently they have added a lot more moderators, but I think that is actually a good thing, as it was getting a bit out of hand at times. I haven't really been paying attention, but I've yet to see a meaningful thread locked. And of course, if you feel a thread was unfairly locked, PM the moderator who did so saying why you think it should stay open. And drop the free speech garbage, I hate it when people go trying to make themselves sound all official by trying to bring in laws. The only laws that apply around here are the TOS you technically agreed to when you joined the forums.
You gave up any rights to freedom of speech when you signed up and accepted the ToS. You do not have any "rights" to freedom of speech on here. I quote the ToS:
User acknowledges and agrees that use of the BOM Boards is a privilege, not a right, and that BOM has the right, at its sole discretion, to revoke this privilege at any time without notice or reason.
BOM has the right but not the obligation to monitor and/or moderate the Forums...
BOM is the final arbiter of what IS and IS NOT allowed on our site. Further, BOM reserves the right to modify or remove anything submitted to BOM, and to cancel any membership, at any time for any reason without prior notice.