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...


.... Considering the thread involved the possibility of losing several thousands of dollars to sham websites, the Mods decision stinks more than burning Caps that are overloaded ..

You’re being more than a bit over dramatic. If you think the moderators here are so dishonest, why are you here? Doesn’t your presence simply further their secret agenda?

The examples you cite are really aren't the equivalent of the deleted thread.

An official Audiogon forum moderator said, “If your Forum Post or Discussion was removed, it is because a user flagged it…”
To quote Ernest P. Worrell, “well, there’s yer problem right there.”

In lieu of behaving like a sniveling child that goes running to the teacher and/or principal when a classmate says something they don’t like, a person may just behave like an adult and either,
a) ignore the problematic comment (probably the most efficacious way to mitigate bad comments - don’t reinforce the undesirable behavior with attention),
b) issue a civil, clear challenge/corrective to the bad comment.

It is unlikely, but there is a chance choosing option “b” may start a fruitful, edifying conversation for not only both parties involved, but other users.  
Again, that outcome is less likely to occur than a bunch of people being snarky to each other (sad but true - this is why I recommend option ‘a’) but both of these are options other than behaving like a sniveling child that goes running to the teacher and/or principal when a classmate says something they don’t like.

We can take responsibility for our own behavior and not act like it’s some oversimplified thing of, “Big Bad Admin erasing stuff we want to read.”

Everyone (including admin) just wants an informative and enjoyable forum.  
Stuff getting erased…well, that’s partly on us.

So…I checked today and the domestic site that was supposedly for a business in Kansas is already gone.  That was hosted on the Shopify platform and they aren’t going to support open fraud.  The only legacy they seem to have is an entry on malware.org saying to avoid them at all costs because they were straight up fraud. 

the other site is unclear who hosts it and who the CC processor is.  That is unfortunately who we need to deal with these sorts of bad actors.  

Speaking of axed:  did the "Krell equalizer delivered to wrong addy" get the axe?