Originally Posted by K2cakes
I just don't understand what sets the two threads apart in terms of offensive info. (without religion being used as an excuse) Can someone explain the difference to me... in a nice way.
I think in that thread, while the original topic was being discussed, there was always some level of interesting discussion going on. There were new developments at least until the health dept. visit yesterday. The thread was a million pages long because the topic was interspersed with pages of speculation and then pages and pages of silliness. But the thread itself did not really get nasty or out of hand - a few comments here and there but not some kind of knock-down, drag-out dead-end
fight about a topic unrelated to cakes (e.g. religion, so that DOES set that thread apart) or even related to cakes (e.g. box vs scratch fights). For what it's worth it has been moved to the lounge anyway because it's now so far off topic, and then was locked due to the majority of the length of the thread being away from the original topic (Heath welcomed people to continue their silliness in a new thread.)
The mod's don't read each and every thread looking to ensure they are fitting within the CC rules. And some threads that veer into controversial territory veer back to topic before they "need" to be shut down. Sometimes they get shut down because people complain, not necessarily because they don't think people should speak their minds freely but because they feel they're on a cake site, not an us-vs-them religion/politics/whatever site. And the mods or Heath take the liberty to lock said threads sometimes because they did not create this website to be a watercooler for religious, political, etc. debate. Although oftentime the debate happens and when it's healthy and polite and not inflammatory or nasty (there is a difference between thought-provoking
and just provoking)
they don't feel the need to intervene.
In case that sounds like I know too much, no I have never requested a thread to be locked. I've just been here long enough to get the hang of these things.