One thing I particularly disagree with is the possibility of a site owner handing out moderator status like its free candy to people who may have unproven experience with such a responsibility. If some here thought my last response on the religious thread was attacking someone then that was not my intention. Even though LPspider has posted site rules of conduct I don't think I or anyone on that thread has actually broken them. No flaming was present, but a heated debate it probably was becoming. Debates are hardly ever rosy sweet. Some become very heated, but they're still constructive even if you don't personally think so. I guess a vote between mods should be instilled if choices are going to be kept fair. Consider this POV: as a moderator who feels the need to lock a thread because you as an individual with mod powers thinks that you are either upholding site rules (which you're not) or merely avoiding "potential" flaming you may in fact be attacking freedom of speech.