(Tiptoeing in to add my two cents . . .)
[steps off soapbox and prepares to duck thrown eggs for advocacy of censorship]
(Some more cents thrown in the pile in the middle)
I don't really think it's cencorship. Censorship is where an authority, eg. a Government, tries to prevent all
discussion/writing on a particular topic or from a particular point of view. In this case people are allowed to put a link to their etsy in their sig. and people can pay
to advertise on the site. It's just that advertising falls outside the purpose of this site, in the same way that discussions along the lines of "I love my pet duck, who else loves ducks" are outside the 'crafting/DIY' nature of the site. It's a crafting site not a shopping site.
I can understand the person's initial upset, at having her post edited
, which is what it really is, as it was a boarderline case, but I think the mods have a good point in saying that ambiguous cases are removed for the sake of clarity. I think that's a reasonable answer. It's not a blog, these are forums and there is a community. With rights come responsabilities. For a community to work, you have to have codes of conduct and at times people (ie. mods) will have to make judgement calls. And when people make judgement calls, there will be disagreement as some will want to apply the rule loosely, and others more strictly.
I tend to remember that the people making these decisions try to be fair. They are doing an unpaid and largely thankless task. They keep the forums nice and tidy, so we can discuss nuances of crafting 'till the nth degree all day if we want to.
Crafster is one of the best forums around (if not the best). People are sincere and friendly and suportive and enthusiastic. They'll say, "Yay you knit a square", to ,"Yay you knit a sculpture". There's none of that smarmy, "I'm too cool for my own good" attitude that i've encountered on other forums, and that is an achievement indeed.
It's fair enough to express your disagreement with a decision, but accusing people of censorship? They could all quit and there'd be no more crafster, and then where would we be.
(from someone who's done plenty of unpaid work in various communitities).