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I read it. Based on the data presented to me I can say that everything is correct. The implication of the evaluation criteria are completely fine.
I locked the flame war thread because of the claims that @robbie_1969 was making in it that I tried to address; as we had both covered our respective positions multiple times without achieving any resolution, I chose to give him the last word on it rather than continuing to escalate the issue.
Comparisons with competitor sites are disallowed not only because of advertising, but also because they're essentially flawed - what someone says about a competitor's site (positive or negative) may not be true; maybe it was true at one point in time, maybe that site has been upgraded or moved on - maybe Chess.com has changed. Chess.com is happy to get specific feedback about what could be improved on our site, but it doesn't need to be expressed in terms of what another site allegedly does. Posting a game you played elsewhere is normally fine.
Appeals to unlock threads can be made through the Support team via the ticketing system that @batgirl has explained; you can also contact the Staff member leading the moderation team @jdcannon about it. Generally those people will consult with the moderator in question and make a decision - it's uncommon for a moderator's decision to be reversed, but not unheard of.
The suggestion about unlocking threads after 3 days as a warning would require that the moderators keep track of such threads so they can return to it and unlock it later; I see this as something that Chess.com would have to mandate as part of their moderator policies, as I believe it would require not insignificant additional effort from them. Again, @jdcannon is the best person to speak to about whether Chess.com management would be willing to do this.
is it the right time for this?
Wow! you actually considered a 3 day lock? That would create a hell of a scheduling problem. What if a mod took a day off, on the 3rd day? Posters would be going through withdrawals. Then the police would be called; BREAKING NEWS, BLOGGER HELD HOSTAGE. "Mr Cote, your thread will be open no sooner than 5am Greenwich Mean time. Now put the gun down and back away from the ledge slowly". This is NONSENSE I tell ya.
if its not overlty abusive, is not proselytizing or selling snake oil and is not politically biased just let the kids have their fun, how hard can it be?
'I believe this is an appropriate note to declare this thread over, so I am now locking it'. - David moderator
If this is not the arbitrary locking of a thread based on a personal whim then I dunno what is.
I'm a little pissed and I'll tell you why Endgame. You complained for 7 pages here and your post 92 says, "I thing an explanation or a simple statement of what terms of service was violated is warranted when a thread is closed. Otherwise, how are we supposed to not make the same mistake again?" David is nice enough to give you a 4 paragraph comment and your reply is "Ehh.." Not even a "Thank You".? You age is showing. [Political comment removed - David] You're 2 threads into your anger and you STILL won't accept anything remotely said from a person in authority. Is that the same reason why you disagree with "The Prime Directive" in the Startrek thread. Lets review the pattern that we learned here. Anybody can interfere in anybody else's culture, Its perfectly OK to drive fast even if your not on a NASCAR track, your angry about a thread getting locked, and when someone is nice to you your responce is "Ehh.."
@robbie_1969 I locked the thread because you were refusing to accept what I felt was plain evidence and continuing to argue that I was trying to impose a narrative on you rather than trying to engage with the narrative you yourself was presenting.
As you seem to be inclined to continue that argument in this thread and as EndgameStudy does not seem inclined to heed my advice either, I am now locking this thread as well. Please follow the previously described process for appealing moderators' actions.
And @EndgameStudy, please be forewarned: if you create yet another forum thread complaining about the locking of forum threads instead of following the process, that will be treated as the equivalent of spamming the forums and your account will be temporarily muted.