I don't know about the specific issues that have led others to leave on their own free will. I assume that they were given a hobson-like choice and chose to depart. I believe those who do leave perceive the moderation as censorship and "intrusive" to a free and open discussion. Frankly I agree. I think that adults don't need to have moderated discussions and can "self police".
The same can be said for "foul" language which all adults hear and many use and no one is going to suffer from hearing it or reading it, yet the FCC and many boards forbid this type of language. Frankly that's dumb too.
Off topic discussion like politics and religion and taste in music
should not be moderated and will clearly be passionate. Who cares? People with no opinions probably won't be interested and those with opinions won't be changing them, but like to rattle of their points. Who cares?
What isn't acceptable is ad hominem attacks which are just dumb.
I had a post pulled and was taken to the wood shed by a few mods who were completely wrong. Why? because I was "there" and what I stated was a matter of public record
in the State of Connecticut, City of Norwalk court records. It was not hearsay or opinion or defamation of character or libelous. I stated facts. Yet my post was pulled and I was "silenced" and I was not able to use this forum to "alert" others. Lovely.
I don't think that moderation has added one positive thing to any discussion forum except to remove the ad hominem and nastiness if that comes out in a docussion. The threads here seem rather tame and frankly boring.
Suffering the censorship is the price
"members pay" to have access to information and exchange of ideas. There's no reason why it can't be less autocratic because X,Y & Z "own this portal". I suspect that, but don't know, that this either makes money
or breaks even so perhaps sponsors don't want to support some sort of anarchical madhouse when it's supposed to be discussions about sailing amongst adults.
When experienced and mature people leave because the feel "infantialized" then there's something wrong here. And the here is not the members but the moderation of content.
We need more free speech not less. We need more democracy not less.
Why would anyone want to be a moderator in the first place? Any shrinks on board?