During busy times like today, we receive emails from members asking where their forum topics went. Why were they deleted?
Moderators will very rarely delete a topic, but only for a handful of reasons:
- It's a dupe of another recent topic
- It violates the commenting policy
- It lacks substance – a link only or a few words
More often than not, topics are removed from voting by other members. You can upvote and downvote forum topics and if a topic falls below -10 in voting, it's automatically deleted from the system.
I hope this helps clear things up a little for some of the newer members on the site. I'm happy to answer any other questions you might have.