I am curious who controls whether a thread gets deleted or not. The starter? The folks that post to it? or the administration?

If the original poster doesn't like the way the posters are responding even though it is done courteously does that mean all the responses to a thread get erased. What is the point of sharing experiences and offering alternative points of view. I thought that was the idea of a forum? Why bother to respond if your efforts can simply be wiped out because someone doesn't like your opinion.

Where does it say the originator has that kind of power? Seems pretty selfish to me........................ and not a policy that stimulate confidence to post only to have it deleted.