Hi yamato, and thanks for your feedback!
I don’t see anything in my “Sent” box to you, but if it was quite a while back, you might have received a polite PM from me suggesting that if you’re looking for two different things, it’s best to post them separately so that the mods can merge them separately with existing threads, if any. If you started a redundant thread on, say, sour cream, you might get a polite PM from me to let you know that it had been merged with an existing thread, or to let you know it was moved from WCIF to Food (and merged). Such a PM, which begins with the link to the new thread, makes it easier for you to find where your thread disappeared to. I don’t see how these would be characterized as ‘severe’ or ‘barking’, but then perhaps you are talking about another moderator’s message.
Some of the threads on this board are full of chat. Others are actually valuable information resources. When people need that info, such as what Chinese dictionary to buy, what school to attend, where to find rye flour or sodium alginate, or where to find extra-small condoms, it makes it much easier for them to find if the information is organized by thread. It is hard to find if the information is scattered through a dozen redundant threads (and yes, I’ve personally merged that many on specific topics). There is no ‘need’ for you to start a redundant thread on such topics, unless you have tried searching for an existing thread and couldn’t find one.
Even if a thread is just a chat on a topic, say, MJ’s timely demise, having two such threads makes it confusing for posters who want to return to the same thread they were chatting in before. Where’s the harm in merging them? Hopefully if a mod communicates the fact of such a merger to you they will do so in a friendly manner which helps you know where your thread went.
Seems like a pretty lively board to me.
Lively debate isn’t possible if Taiwan politics and IP are in separate areas? Sorry, but I fail to understand your logic here.
BTW, another reason for dividing the forum into areas is so that the moderating burden can be spread out among many members of the team.