I posted to discourse.soylent.me/t/has-anyone-else-seen-space-nutrients-station/ and reviewed the composition of their mix. I had 2 posts in that thread, I believe, warning against the high amounts of iron, and the imbalanced proportion of other nutrients. It wasn’t overly critical, impolite, or otherwise against the ToS.
I believe the posts were removed through community moderation, possibly through multiple accounts made by spaceman, or the producer of the space nutrients product. There is a definite potential for iron toxicity with their product, and it should be approached with caution.
This sort of “democratic” censorship is detrimental to discourse, easily abused, and can result in not only skewed discussions, but possible harm to the health and well being of community members if potentially negative information is suppressed.
The community moderation parameters need to be reviewed. It is currently too easy to abuse, and nothing good can come of it. Preventing community moderation of established accounts would be the best approach. Lets say, 100+ posts, 20+ topics, and 15+ “likes” grants you immunity from general moderation. Allowing people to see which of their posts have been moderated is also critical, as my posts on the topic simply disappeared, with no chance for me to review or self-edit. As the primary store of information on diy discussions, this forum has one hell of a lot of good information. It shouldn’t be possible for people to simply delete the information from view because they don’t like it, or because it casts their product in a negative light. Or because of general jackassery.
It really bothers me that other posts of mine may have simply disappeared into the ether, with no possibility for me to know what information was lost. Without confidence in the secure history of information on these forums, I don’t have much reason to stay… and I want to. I love the discussions, and I love having a place where likeminded people contribute to excellent discussions on nutrition, bioengineering, diy soylent, and of course the official product. Please don’t interpret this as a threat to leave, or something petty - it’s a criticism of the current status quo, which allows “democratic” vandalism and suppression of information.
I know that things are pretty intense right now, and that forum moderation is low on the priority list. Can you disable general community moderation, however, until such a time that you can address the issue properly?