And FYI, I was truly out of the loop, have no idea what this is all in relation to
To restate the facts of what happened, so everyone can see how silly this all is......
In a thread about endangered species, I posted a one-liner that said something like "Hey, they also spotted a dodo, previously thought to be extinct! Click here." The link brought up an unflattering (but hilarious) photo of President Bush.
Walter deleted my post almost immediately. After a few PMs exchanged without reaching any kind of consensus, I reposted my joke with a disclaimer that essentially said "This is an innocent joke not meant to cause any offense. I support (and voted for) President Bush. I'm just having some fun."
Walter deleted this second post almost immediately also, and sent me a PM that told me I couldn't repost my joke, even with a full disclaimer, until he and I "came to an agreement."
That's pretty much the extent of it. If I left anything out or misrepresented anything, Walter can correct me. As I've repeated several times, there was no political "discussion." It was a little joke, nothing more, and I highly doubt anyone would have thought I was seriously bashing the president. The few people who saw the post before Walter deleted it said they thought it was funny.
The only reason I'm beating this dead horse is because I think the mods went way overboard with this one. Like Nicolle says, it's mostly a thankless job, and I generally appreciate what they do. But in this instance, I think they are exercising anything but "moderation."