Not sure if this is the right section for this, please point me in the right direction if it is not. It seems to me - just from what I've seen - that the first resort of a moderator is to close the thread that infractions are occurring in. Is that right, or am I only seeing that side of the equation? Personally, I'd rather see reprimands handed out to the specific people who are causing the problem (even if it's me - I'm not pretending to be a saint) rather than see everyone punished by a potentially useful and interesting thread being closed down. And the most interesting ones are the ones that are most likely to stray into controversy. For instance, I am interested in RedPower, and I still use it in my 1.4.7 worlds. I'm reluctant to talk about it, though, because I know what will happen. If only the specific offenders were punished, however, I would not have any such qualms. This is the classic "chilling effect", and results in a victory only for the trolls (although I accept that a lot of the "problem" posts are not from trolls, just from good-willed people with strong opinions). In one recent example, I had said something related to the subject that ended up in the thread being closed. I honestly don't think I was "part of the problem", but maybe I was, as everyone probably thinks that they are being reasonable. With the thread just being closed, I will never know what the community's judgement is. If there had been a post saying "Warnings have been issued, please get back on topic" then I would know that I was not considered to blame. I know it's a difficult line to draw though. I'm just after a bit more clarity in moderatior actions, really, but I know it's a tough job.