My apologies for not being able to be here at the crucial time to help calm things down. As I said to some others in PM's, I was quite busy the last few days and did not have time to review all that was happening. I had seen some of the posts that Alex had posted, and was trying to review the history to see what may have provoked him, but I got sidetracked by life. It happens, as I think some of you mentioned. Anyway, from what I had seen, Clay Death was reacting to those posts from Alex that were over the top, and I believe CD was trying to do the right thing by notifying Scott and Dallas. Unfortunately, I wasn't around to try and calm CD down.
The next thing I knew this morning is that all of the Castle volumes were gone. I was pretty much in shock. Yes, some of what is in there is "just chit-chat", but there are a lot of good things in there as well. Many people give their analysis, opinions, and discuss many things. It's a lot of posts for the website to lose. We had what, over 17 volumes, where most of them were 2000 posts/volume, and recently some of them were more. I think the last volume was close to 4000 posts. A lot of people contributed the Castle, so it's also a shame for those posts to be gone in one fell swoop.
It's a shame really, CD was upset, and obviously overreacted to what was going on. I guess because there was no response from the various powers that be, he felt like he was getting no support. Still, he should have waited a bit. Not everyone is here 24/7 or even every day.
But deleting entire threads is not excusable. I can understand editing or deleting offensive portions of posts, but not entire threads.
I would like to think those threads are recoverable. Usually databases and such thing as forums are backed up, if not everyday, at a minimum of once/week. Scott, are you telling us that this forum's data is not backed up at all? If something happened to the data, like a drive crash, that all would be lost? If you have a good backup, it's possible that the data can be restored.
As far as Alex goes, he has always been a good guy. I didn't know what to think seeing some of his recent posts I saw. I thought that either perhaps someone had hijacked his account, or that he was reacting angrily to something someone said, or was trying to stir the pot to get more reaction from people but went overboard, or that possibly he was very upset due to his illness and the result of Wimbledon. Anyway, I didn't have time to review everything that was said before the threads were deleted. Alex, if it is you, I hope whatever it is that drove you to go over the top is being taken care of.
Also, I am no longer a moderator in this section. I guess that's what happens when you don't react quickly enough to a situation like this. Oh well. I said that I would not always have time to be here. That's life.
I hope the Castle can be revived. Thanks.