I’ll say first of all that this particular thread is not a huge deal to me, though I’ve posted in it a number of times. I’m a bit more bothered by some of the strange directions that the moderation here has been taking recently. Let me express my concerns in terms of a response to the following (from that thread):
I appreciate the consideration of the delayed closing, but I note that in the interim there has been revived interest and quite a few constructive posts made in that thread. My objection, such as it is, is not about the delayed closing, but about why it needed to be closed at all. I agree that Pit threads about banned posters should be closed, and I’ve even flagged some myself for closing for that reason. But that’s not the case here.
With regard to that rhetorical question in the quote, “Have you ever noticed, no matter what decision a mod makes, someone will object?”, yes, mods are often in a no-win situation. However, sometimes the best thing to do – and often the hardest thing to do – is to do nothing at all.
My question is simply this:
How on earth could you possibly imagine being criticized for NOT closing a Pit thread just because the subject of the thread was suspended, when:
(a) Historically, AFAIK, no Pit thread about anyone has ever been closed as a result of a suspension, but only after a permanent banning, and
(b) the Pit is not your forum to moderate, and certainly not your forum to enact new policies in, such as deciding that threads about suspended posters should be closed. Will the thread subsequently be re-opened when the suspension expires? I’m sure it won’t. And this is at least the second time you’ve closed a thread in the Pit for dubious reasons. The last time, @Miller had to re-open it.
I would urge that greater consideration be given to the valuable and underrated policy of “less is more” when it comes to moderator actions. Sometimes doing nothing is the best course, even if it’s less satisfying.