Juana is indeed right. There were a number of forum threads submitted by the editor. There were eight such threads and not seven. Due to internal discussions, the forum editor was aware that we were discouraging repeated news-based threads and should have posted with due thought and care. Subsequent to seeing that cluster of news threads, we did have a discussion on those too, like we do for any news-based threads. Out of the eight threads, one was deleted right away due to it being promotional in nature (hence you did not see that thread at all). Two of the threads were important ones, related to exams - such threads are allowed as it does get traffic and members who are appearing for major exams like the ones mentioned do benefit and can even ask associated queries related to it. One thread was of a film star entering the political stream and this was definitely worthy of discussion. Another news thread highlighted a really major achievement of India and no way could be dismissed as not worthy of forum discussion. The remaining threads could have been avoided altogether. Action was not taken on those threads out of respect for the member, not as an editor, but due to being a regular contributor who provides good content in various sections. Due to this respect, since it was the first time the member had done such a thing (of posting repeated news items), it was decided to leave those threads as they were. We accord the same respect for threads posted by members like K Mohan and Partha because they too are long-term contributors and we do value their contributions. Subsequently, like we did for the editor's threads, we discuss their threads too internally. We have even restored a few of their threads after internal discussions.
We apologize to the members who are feeling hurt & upset about deletion of their threads and for the bias we are conveying. I know it does seem to be happening frequently from the point of view of members since, after all, they are not privy to internal discussions. Do try to understand please: We are not deliberately targeting anybody. I give you my personal word - I will have an in-depth discussion with the editorial team & we will keep in mind your feedback about maintaining the same rule for everyone.
Updated this response after posting the second response below to make things more clear: (i)It was clearly conveyed to the editor both directly and in one of the threads about not posting news items. (ii) For K Mohan and Partha, too, their initial news threads were never deleted or locked early. Only after they repeatedly did so, despite being told not to do so, then action was taken to delete or lock the threads early.
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