I recall you’ve raised this point once or twice before, @Michael, and it was responded to in detail. For the benefit of others who might be wondering what you were getting at:
No one deletes topics or posts lightly or happily. At least, not on this forum.
Unfortunately there are some cowardly and vindictive people out there whose actions make it occasionally necessary to delete topics or posts - even when the content of those posts break no laws.
One member was suspended from his job due to vindictive reporting of a post they made on this forum. On further review, their employer returned them to work, but the damage was done. Of course I deleted that users’ topics and posts on his request. This sadly had an impact on the posts of others, but I feel it’s fair to prioritise the career and livelihood of the member in question. Whole families are affected when someone loses their job.
I think in my situation you may have done the same thing, @Michael, if you’d been aware of the background to each of the deletions (of which there have been very few in the two years we have operated). Be mindful that moderators may have to take action without discussing it in detail publicly on the forum. We have to protect the interests of people involved, where necessary.
If you’d like to continue this discussion of moderation, that’s fine, but I will move the discussion into @moderator_actions as per our guidelines.