I Don't Understand What Determines When A Thread Gets The Axe

I've only been a member of Audiogon since 2016 or 2017, so maybe some "old timers" could fill me in.  I don't understand how threads covering "beaten like a dead horse" topics, for example, oh off the top of my head, "Cable Deniers", can carry on for days or weeks, have pages and pages of posts from Members that frankly get quite ugly with name calling and basically Grade School playground behavior...yet the Moderators never say a word or never step in with the, "This Discussion Is Closed" Czar-like ruling.


However, when a Member like, say @verdantaudio, tries to warn us about Fraudulent Retail Websites AND has proof that these sites are ripping people off, along with proof from other Audiogon Members who provide examples of these sites conducting fraudulent business activities, the Discussion is shut down and closed.  WHO decided to close the discussion?  The original poster?  Audiogon?  How do you find out?  Better yet, WHY was a topic as important as Fraud shut down after only 30 posts, some with extremely valuable information such as one member who had done a Whois.com research showing extremely sketchy information and another Member who had information about the state of Kansas Fraud Unit investigating one of the companies.


Is it because a Forum Member kept complaining about the post?  Do the businesses in question advertise on Audiogon?  I'm very curious who makes the decisions on which discussions get shut down and which discussions are allowed to drone on and on with behavior and comments that people would NEVER have the guts to say to one another face to face.  I've truly wondered this ever since I joined this fantastic audio community -- a place where I've learned more in 7 years than I had learned in the previous 35 years!


I must say I wasn't at all surprised when I saw the discussion had been closed.  After all, a Member had made this cryptic post  -- "My guess is this thread won't last."  Let's see how long this one does (before it gets zapped, I'd sure like to know the outcome of the Kansas fraud unit that is investigating the company). 


Slow down and enjoy the music...


I must have missed this Verdant thread.

Hmm, Verdant is a dealer himself. Was it a case of disguised mud slinging on competitors so he could improve his sales?..."Him bad...Him fraud...Verdant very very good...Verdant very honest, Buy from Verdant, don’t buy from Him, etc, etc?", And you, OP, why did you have to mention Verdant on this thread? Now, hmmm, this creates some additional suspicion on the motive behind this thread.

The Kansas thread...i recall that it was also looking like someone was trying to accuse a different dealer who had nothing to do with the crook..

Anyways...I dream of a utopia one day when everything in hifi is manufacturer direct with no 50 to 70% dealer markups,...a beautiful utopia with no greedy overgrown "passionate" dealers.


There were probably legal concerns.  People sling unverifiable accusations and there is no way to know who is telling the truth and who is not and the result can be unwarranted damage to a business or reputation.  The site does not want to be involved in any resulting litigation.

Complaints from fellow members to the moderators might get the attention of the powers that be and lead to a removal.

@cleeds I’m pretty sure that

Contact Us link at the bottom of the page

..will get ignored.

Moderators I’m sure using algorithm to define threads to be removed without any human intervention. The whole site pretty much is designed by amateur crew for cheap and that’s what you get to use and live with that pretty much.

My theory is that they're understaffed and so nearly any objection just gets the thread removed. Problem solved, as far as they're concerned.