Old threads, new members, negative pointsThis topic might raise hackles because it involves the forum editors. I am raising this thread after long deliberation - whether I should or should not discuss this topic openly.
Responses to old threads are unceremoniously deleted with a curt message stating that the "Response has been removed by the Admin for invalid response to the thread or violation of forum policies". The erring member loses 10 points for the slip-up and the thread is locked.
More often than not it is new members who respond to old threads. They are unaware of forum policies. They are not privy to discussions on the forum. They are not prompted to check forum policies when they log in to submit their response. Is it fair then to brush off a response in such a brusque fashion?
Will deleting responses and assigning negative points (to someone who hasn't yet opened their score board) not lead to losing new, enthusiastic members?
I am not sure how the registration procedure works and whether new members are advised to read the forum policies during the entire registration process or not. In case new members are not provided a guided tour of the site or are not informed that they have to adhere to strict forum policies then deleting their first post is gratuitous. Refer this thread. Threads are after all left open and show up in search engines.
Nevertheless, the forum policies link as provided when deleting these 'offensive' responses does not mention anything about posting responses to old threads. This is something that is repeated only in the forum and only active forum members will be aware that responding to old posts is a violation. Have the forum editors read the forum policies, or are they blindly following a tradition that has been set - enforcing a rule that does not exist in the forum policies!