Except for GQ threads where the question has been answered.
What we have here is a thread in MPSIMS where the OP was faced with a lot of flak due to perceptions of other posters (including me) that his attitude towards Tupac being possibly gay are questionable or weird. Unable to stay away from the thread, unable to explain himself, he requests the thread be closed, and lo! two posts later it is closed.
That thread was a bit of a trainwreck right from the start, and it seemed to me that it wasn’t ever going to get better. It didn’t look like a good candidate to be moved to another forum, though if anyone wants to start a pit thread about it, feel free. The OP requested it to be closed, and under the circumstances, I figured that was probably the best thing for it.
We generally don’t close threads just because the OP or anyone else requests it. In this case though, it seemed to me like the best course of action.
But look: It’s one thing for a mod to step in and close a thread because it’s a trainwreck.
It’s another to do it because OP requests it because they regret starting it. I suppose there may be examples of that particular situation, but I while I can recall some of the former, I can’t recall any of the latter.
And I think Roderick Femm’s question is valid: He’s not asking why mods closed a thread that was a trainwreck, he’s asking since when can an OP just up and ask and have that wish be granted.
And I think that thread actually was pretty productive, RF’s posts among others. I think there was some good communication on-topic on the part of several parties.
If I’m reading this correctly, Ambi’s request corresponded with something that the mods were already contemplating. Mods also close threads that are train wrecks due to, for example, misogynistic content. I’m surmising that the thread would have been closed either way for objectionable subject matter.
I never got a chance to object. At the very least, we should have had three (3) days after such notice was posted to lodge an objection. If there were any objections, that should have automatically triggered a 30-day public input period, followed by an open-doors meeting of an Ad-Hoc Special Committee on Exceptional Thread Closings.
Only AFTER this process (or a similarly thorough one) would I ever, ever consider dropping this.
Maybe I will now.
Mods, if no-one objects, feel free to close this thread.