For some of us, FT moderation is a source of endless inconsistency, contradiction and hypocrisy. Some forums (fora) are much worse than others. Since moderation can't be publicly questioned, it is doomed to repeat its failures. My latest frustration (as merely a reader) with it occurred today when the use of "ghetto" (i.e., "ghetto bird") was expunged from the AA forum because of "its racial connotation." Let's just ignore the fact that ghetto has been used as an adjective for years on other FT forums. What can't be ignored is the fact that ghetto applies more commonly to ethnic and economic, not racial, concentration or the fact that the ghetto "was originally used in Venice to describe the part of a city to which Jews were restricted and segregated." More to the point, ghetto as an adjective is accepted to describe decrepit, cheaply-made or inferior. On FT, common usage and meaning be damned. Sadly, moderation and facts are too often mutually exclusive on FT. Meaning and intent are inferred when neither is present. Emoticons are overused but humor, sarcasm and satire are discouraged, deleted and disciplined. The most egregious FT moderation is the product of the lowest common denominator. It's goal is to dumb down, stay the course and favor repetition over concision and rigorous debate. FT moderation is what it is and "it" seems more entrenched than ever. I don't expect it to change, but I do feel better after posting this.