Topics in forums like “…Politics”, “Open” and “Flame” are opinion-oriented and should NOT be moderated by their authors.
But maybe authors could be allowed to moderate in forums like “Living in Taiwan,” “Teaching English,” “Legal” etc. where you generally ask a question and expect answers and insight instead of a string of one-liners, off topic tangents, arguements between member foes, all irrelevant to what the original poster is trying to find out. And of course, “why do you want to know?” “who cares?” or “why don’t you learn how to use the search engine?”
Often I search a topic to find a few related threads with anywhere from 1 to 15 pages of replies. There are many well-thought out, helpful replies with detailed information and insight from many points of view. But often they’re in between a lot of that useless stuff mentioned above. Why should members have to trudge through all that to get to the good stuff?
So far everybody replying here seems quick to assume that keiththehessite wants to delete all precious opinions that don’t jive with his. But I think what he and most other members would delete is the irrelevant, off-topic fluff that doesn’t contribute anything except to post counts.
So I think the idea is well worth considering for information/insight forums rather than opinion forums.