I agree 100% with all of this.I get a little bit frustrated when mods go back and edit or delete other people's posts, regardless of the subject matter.
It's nice to know who you are dealing with on a public forum. If posts are deleted, I can't see that users edited and deleted history, and don't know that it's someone I should avoid (or trust).
Watching other people argue can be very informative, or even just entertaining. It's also how ideas are discussed, and just because it gets heated doesn't mean it needs to disappear. It's a public forum, short of blatant trolling, racism, or being completely off topic, who is anyone to decide what I can, or can't read.
Locking a thread is necessary at times. I get that. I don't think that ANY thread should be locked, but I understand the reason why it's done. That being said, if you (anyone reading this, not attacking anyone specifically) don't like what's being discussed, then don't read it. It's irritating when I have something useful or productive to add to the conversation, but it's locked. It's like two people being on a debate stage and one not being given a microphone.
Free speech should be protected. There isn't much of it left anymore.
Just my un-asked-for 2¢.
The problem with editing a post is that you are now putting words in someone's mouth. One of my posts was edited and the edit made me look like a moron and unable to spell instead of mildly abrasive, which is exactly what I was trying to be. I ended up going back into the post and adding to the post that it was edited and it was basically not my message anymore.
The message should remain unaltered and a warning inserted into the post that the language is in contravention of the forums code of conduct and a notification of a strike sent to the member in violation.
Edit: This is just kind of crazy