Generally a good forum but:
It IS more zealously moderated than most online forums, far more.
Got to agree with this. This is certainly the most intrusively moderated forum that I've frequented recently (amongst the many that I regularly use). I was curious as to why this might be - whether the mods were relatively inexperienced or, perhaps more likely, whether people from the Linux-related world where the Pi interest mainly lies might typically prefer a more tightly ordered and structured forum compared to the world at large.
So I'd echo the same sentiments - you've got the basis of an excellent forum here but mods please just r e l a x; barring the occasional offensive post, obvious attempted scam, trolls and purely ad hominem attacks (all of which can justifiably be dealt with), light touch moderation would make this a more pleasant place to be.
Are you sure about over zealous moderation? I'm off the opinion (and I've moderated quite a bit of stuff), that this place is pretty lax - lots of comparison thread, quite a bit of criticism etc which would certainly be deleted in many other forums based on products. As far as I am concerned, your list ' barring the occasional offensive post, obvious attempted scam, trolls and purely ad hominem attacks' is basically what we do. I'm not sure anything more aggressive than that is done (at least frequently - I'm not saying it might not have happened a couple of time).
In fact, I would be happy for someone to produce a list of any overly aggressive moderation, because I can think of practically no examples whatsoever.
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