For what it's worth, the mod in question has responded with an explanation and apology regarding the removal of the original thread (Thread 115068
). It was a simple mistake made while he was trying to cope with our most recent forum spammer. He certainly had his hands full there and I applaud his work in scrubbing the forums clean. He just did too thorough a job, evidently.
CFT, can threads/posts which were hidden by mistake be unhidden? I know I can't do that in the clan or club forums, but dunno how it works out here in the public ones. Seems like it'd help a lot to be able to do that in such situations.
Also, inadvertent lack of communication seems to be one of the major causes of confusion and frustration when it comes to forum moderation. With regards to Caissad4's original site idea, perhaps Russ could alter the mod interface to require a reason be entered when a post or thread is being hidden. That reason could then be auto-PM'd to anyone affected by the action so they at least have some idea what happened as well as documenting the action internally if later review were required. This way, mods wouldn't need to take a separate action to notify affected users and the users would always be in the loop.