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Yes, I agree about the CCR thread. I'd like it if mods could put a single line explanation as a post/ thread by itself to explain why a thread has gone. I'm not sure what was being reported in that one.
But I've been a part of lots of other debates on here that haven't been shut down (and some that have, but I can see why).
I think the issue is more whether people feel we are being "over moderated", as I would think that the same degree of moderation would apply to a 'flame thread' too. If people feel that they are being personally attacked then they may report posts. No amount of saying 'But it's in the debate area' will change the fact that people will still offend each other.
I think a warning system in threads, or a person/ post being removed but a thread staying open, would be a better solution.