Usually it's pretty obvious when a thread gets locked....it was moved, or it degenerated into something non-productive.
But today, there are two that were locked and I don't really understand why. One seemed like it could go many ways, while another was just a few posts long and pretty mild.
This worries me because I feel like I am a bit on my toes here. I'm still new compared to some of the regular posters, and I'm a bit afraid of upsetting people. I have seen some threads really get bad quickly, and I'm probably guilty of fanning the flames myself a few times. But I'm afraid of getting locked or even banned for stuff I don't understand, perhaps because of a precedent that has been set in the past etc. I've read the rules (and finally get the concept of a troll) but I know that some "old hands" remember bad/sensitive topics. Wheras other newer people like me weren't around for "the great toilet paper direction debate of 2004" (I made that up, but you get the idea) and might post something like "gee, which is the best way to face toilet paper?"
Is it possible for the mods to post why a thread was locked? Sometimes they do (such as "this topic has been exhausted, we're done here"), and it helps me understand why things were shut down. It need not be anything detailed..."this person is a troll", "this is innapropriate", "this is a sentitive topic that was covered to death".
What do you think?