Originally Posted by Ghislaine
Now I've just managed to reply to a post in the Monaco forum that I think got deleted while I was typing. With the continuing deleting going on there, is it possible to create an "anything goes" or a "rubbish bin" or a "gossip, speculation and conspiracy" kind of thread somewhere in the Monaco forum? I would propose the prince Albert section...
The short answer is "No."
The long answer is that while it would be physically possible to create threads and subforums for just about anything, there's a reason why our forum rules forbid unsubstantiated gossip and speculation and "anything goes" posting. Actually, there are a couple of reasons. The first is that the owner of TRF isn't exactly thrilled when he receives letters from attorneys threatening lawsuits for libel or defamation - and that has happened in the past. And it turns out that when posting in a thread about a controversial royal figure or associate, adding "IMO" (or something similar) doesn't protect us or the author of the comment from legal action if the rest of the post is libelous.
The second reason is that TRF isn't a forum for gossip, innuendo, speculation, fantasy, and other tabloid-type material. There's a reason why our rules state that posts should be based on reports from reputable sources. We've been trying to move the forum away from its original incarnation as, basically, a fansite for high-profile glamorous young royals to being a resource for factual information and discussion about royal institutions and individuals in general. We really aren't interested in hosting speculation, gossip, and conspiracy sessions because that would be a giant step in the wrong direction.
If there are problems with the way the moderators are doing the deletions, I'm sure they'll be able to rectify them. However, the posters can help them by simply not posting the sort of material that they know is going to end up being deleted.
I know - and so do the Monaco moderators - that there's a bit of a problem with discussing Prince Albert and his personal life, because his relationship with Charlene Wittstock seems to be stalled in a state that isn't exactly usual for senior royals, and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. However, if people really want to spend their time speculating and gossiping, I'm afraid TRF isn't the place for it.