RE: Locked and/or deleted threads...
Recently, a thread that I had begun was locked and then deleted. I received an email letting me know that it would be deleted after I posted a comment that I hoped it would not. I very much appreciated that email.
Is this common practice? Although I think that it's too bad that moderators do not have the power to edit or delete single posts, thereby preserving the valuable content of the thread, I also think that it's a great courtesy that the original poster be emailed as a heads up. If it's not, could it be?
Just a thought to help soften the blow when the inevitable happens.
E-mailing the affected member(s) is a common practice but it's not in the (nonexistant) moderators' guidebook. I was the one who deleted your thread but I didn't e-mail you. In fact, I didn't know someone had e-mailed you. The truth is that the moderators pretty much act independently of each other most of the time and usually only confer after taking action, if at all. Sometimes we confer before taking action but most actions are pretty clear-cut, so there's no need to discuss.
Getting back to your question, members in good standing are usually sent a courtesy e-mail if a thread is locked or deleted, but not always. Sometimes the violation is so egregious that there is no need for a note -- everyone understands what happened. Sometimes we're too lazy to follow up. (Well, I'll speak for myself on that one.) Sometimes the person who should be notified has no listed e-mail address. Of course, if we're deleting a crapstorm of spam, we're not going to bother sending e-mail to the spammer. Then again, no spammer is a "member in good standing."
The bottom line is that we are just individuals with no particular training, with a desire to see the forums run smoothly. There is no school for this... you just muddle your way through and take each situation as it arrives. It's clear that people take the forums seriously, so we usually e-mail when taking a serious action. We're human, so it doesn't always happen, but it does usually happen.