This is in response to a thread you started just a little while ago with the title: "Yes, it's your forum and your rules ..."
While I cannot explain why your topic was suddenly closed (I saw no objectionable language or tone that warranted either in your comments) and unless something transpired that I did not witness, I am at a complete loss as to why your topic would have not only be closed, but then immediately deleted while I was in the process of attempting to respond.
In any case, I certainly may not have all the facts - other than what I saw myself - but here is the reply I was attempting to make when your topic was abruptly closed and removed.
- As a long time participant and fairly active member of the forums, I can understand how on first inspection that might seem the case. I don't think anyone who participates here on a regular basis - including the vast majority of moderators - would every take exception to anyone contributing to the quality of information added to any topic, as long as it's on point.
However; I think the greater issue of individuals randomly jumping into or on top of pre-existing topics to ask for assistance on what they believe are similar issues is what prompts that response in most cases. I can tell you from first hand experience, that if you are positive you have the exact same issue as an existing topic, the contribution is appreciated, but more often than not that usually isn't the case.
Starting your own topic really gives you a much higher advantage and probability of getting a faster, higher quality response to your own issue - whether it appears to be the same as one that someone else has started or not. The biggest reason being, that most of the individuals who regularly respond here, will pay attention to threads with no responses first, in the assumption that one with many responses is probably already being handled.
So, it really does pay in the long run not to hijack someone else's thread - but, I don't think anyone who uses a reasonable approach to problem solving would ever decline to have another opinion added to an unresolved issue.
Just my two cents. :-)