A lot of the mods here are 16-18 years old. So what gives them the right to judge which questions should be removed? I was about to answer a question from a 15 year old kid. The kid was asking "is it okay to take cocaine once?". Before I could answer the question was removed by a mod. What gives them the right to do that? I know it might be a troll but what if its a real person whos reaching out for help? doesn't that person deserve to gain experience from people who have been there? Yet questions from the likes of "tag your favourite person" remain untouched. I think mods should know better.
under 18 questions are removed if they say stuff like this... i am not sure but i think they are sent a message and contacts to get help.. they sure do it when it seems someone has suicidal tendencies.. you might be trying to help but many people would say yeah do it. it is okay. and make jokes out of it.. drugs is a serious matter... and this could promote its usage..
Mods are chosen based on their activity on the site. Users who post often, help others, correctly report posts and users who break the rules, etc... it's assumed that these users are, for all their activity, familiar with the rules and the ways of the site. That's what gives the Mods the "right to judge."
Also, rules can change. We used to keep question posts that involve discussing other members to a minimum (since they typically aren't really asking a question), but now they're practically encouraged, I suppose as a way for showing support for the community and having a way to interact with each other since there are no chat rooms.
Anything that gets removed is ultimately done so because the Admins feel that it went against the rules. The Mods hide posts, which is just our way of suggesting that something should be removed. It's then up to the Admins to decide whether or not the posts will stay. It's not the Mods you have a problem with, it's the rules.
Mods being 16-18 is fine with me because i do fall into that age range and I consider myself wise (I was forced to grow up at an early age), however I do agree with you that their removing of questions and comments can be extremely arbitrary and unfounded.
I had answers removed that were not even offensive at all and it was not nonsense but it was removed as nonsense