I think that probably this is more of an issue. People with agendas or competition. Who knows. Doesn't matter.
I could have started another thread about his offspring accomplishments, etc. but didn't feel the need to bother at that point. I think many times people flag posts they feel are competition to their own (whatever), and the mods just have to go by what they are told. Which frankly I find silly and petty (not of the mods, but the people who send the alerts) - unless it's blatant, and the flag is warranted.
Yes. I definitely agree with you. Jos has said time and again that the atmosphere on this board is unfriendly, uninviting and unpleasant. Personally, I think there are more positive people than the handful of negative that make it unpleasant. Unfortunately, it doesn't take very many to make it a place that is unpleasant. It does make me sad as I receive emails and PM's from posters that are reluctant to post for fear of being attacked. I find that tragic. And I agree with you in that the fun and lighthearted, supportive spirit that used to be so prevalent here has been transformed into high school clique-ish behavior :(.
Anyway, I used to LIVE on this forum, and am very very rarely on here any more. Dynamics have changed - I think the mods are doing the best they can, but the posters have just gotten cattier over the years, or else my skin is getting thinner. I remember incredibly long threads (think Frosty) that were very light hearted and fun - doesn't seem to happen like that any longer.