I haven’t shut it down because I think it counts as a form of witnessing. It may be substantially outside the mainstream of modern religious thought, certainly, but that doesn’t make it any less witnessing. And witnessing belongs in Great Debates.
It doesn’t annoy me. I thought it was a ridiculously stupid thread, more ridiculously stupid than a couple threads that had recently been closed, and I wondered why this one was so special. That’s all.
I mean the moderators of Great Debates. Although we can, we tend not to moderate outside our own assigned forums, particularly in the case of judgement calls such as thread moves or closures, hijacks, etc. In such cases I will usually just report a thread or post (which isn’t always followed by the forum moderators, by the way). There may be exceptions if all the forum mods are off line and the issue is time sensitive, such as a developing train wreck. Of course, we take care of obvious stuff like spam regardless of forum.