I've been on these forums for many years--some may know me as Johnny Rotten from many years ago. I go back and forth on the merit of these forums, because the poisonous nature of much of what goes on here is pretty demoralizing. However, occasionally I read things that only a freewheeling forum like this can open up, including great running-oriented discussion from Renato Canova , Jtupper, Craig Virgin, Jim Spivey, Hodgie-San, Malmo, and many others. I don't know whether we have to take the bad with the good, though sometimes it appears to be the case.
Often I read things that seem slanderous to me, particularly regarding alleged doping. I do not understand allowing accusations of doping to remain up on this board. This is the right forum for discussing publicly admitted doping and dopers. It just isn't OK to speculate on these boards about whether other named athletes are using. I don't understand why LetsRun's moderation policies don't cut that off rather than allowing professional athletes' names to be smeared here on these forums.
I think that it would be useful to have some kind of a signal that a post has been deleted, as happens on Reddit. Allow the empty space to remain so that posters are aware that some posts have been deleted.
I think that it would be helpful to publicize a list of current moderators--then there's no mystery. I imagine Malmo has been blamed for the actions of other moderators purely because he's the one most posters know. Moderators (and the site owners and employees) set the tone for discussion on this board. That's a pretty big responsibility as far as LetsRun goes.