I have been a Member/ Moderator & Admin on other forums and I have never seen a thread cut like that? Yeah, I have seen threads cut for flaming or downright inappropriate language! I have never actually closed a thread in my life as a PM to any member was usually suffice to curtail their train of thought and bring them back into a more reasonable frame of mind! But, I don’t think I saw any of that on the thread in question, so it would seem someone closed it for 4 reasons I can think of; (1) They closed it just because they can? (2) They closed it because it was becoming repetitive/boring? (3) They closed it because, they did not like how the hearing industry was being portrayed and they did not like what they were reading? And lastly (4) the most sinister of all, someone put pressure on them to close it… it might be getting too near the bone? None of the 4 above reasons are IMHO a reasonable excuse to close a thread and after my years of experience as an Admin and a Mod the last thing you want is to cut a thread that everyone is reading, with many members giving their 2 cents worth in a fairly civil manner, these types of threads are the lifeblood of forums such as this! There is as far as I am aware still room in this world for free thinking and free speech? And yes, we will not always agree, but as long as it is a constructive and civil argument, then I have to ask, where is the harm?
If you sell a product to the general public and if the product or service is in any way faulty, then be prepared to take some flak until these problems are rectified… The Hearing Industry is in many ways flawed, yet within it it has many virtues and some absolutely wonderful professionals people, many of whom frequent this site! But as with any industry, you take the praise when it is given and the bad publicity on the chin, you can then move forward armed with the knowledge of how to put it right… The Status Quo is not an option!
PS, many thanks for the backup troops:D