Good posts in this thread and I think you are all spot-on. I just replied to a PM and thought I would copy/paste it here... *** I posted a disclaimer awhile back that political posts would be stripped without explanation. For 17 years I've fought behind the screen battles to keep YF amicable and relevant. One of those battles was Marmot. For years, I fielded requests from numerous members asking to remove him, but the tougher skinned wanted him to stay. Marmot was like a cancer on a forum. He responded to people in a condescending and demoralizing way. It was killing reader interest and participation. Dick Boggs was a study in dichotomy; in-person one of the nicest people I've met. Behind a keyboard; a total sphincter. In the early years I walked a tightrope to keep everyone happy or from losing key members, but I believe YF has evolved as much as a resource as it is a community. The knowledge base we've accumulated - thanks to well-informed members - isn't going anywhere. In answer to your question: yes, it is preferable to close a thread because I don’t want to be caught in the middle. It also sends a message that if you litter the forums, it will become refuse. Eventually the person doing this realizes that he or she is wasting their time.