brotherhood_of_LAN - 4:19 am on Nov 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
Ah, I was thinking for a minute that you were referring to a forum you own.
I agree in the general gist that any moderation should have transparency between the forum admins/mods & the community, though ultimately it is at the discretion of the forum owner as to how their site is run... within the realm of 'applicable law' of course.
In some countries like the UK you can insist on a copy of all info the company has about you, but I can't see that being as comprehensive to describe who within an organisation is privy to that information about you.
>point about applicable laws
IANAL, but of course I can give general ideas. My first thought is that particular countries don't take too kindly to comments about their parliamentary incumbents... hosting stolen content can lead to your site getting shut down and you possibly being prosecuted. Loads of examples really. Seems a bit OT now as you seem to be more interested in the transparency aspect.
IMO, I think in the most generic terms, you have the freedom of choice to use a forum or not, and you can exercise your right not to use it if you suspect foul play behind the scenes. Unless there's something illegal going on, in which case you may want to pursue the matter further.
From what I've read on these forums, a lot depends on which country the site is hosted in, and therefore the jurisdiction they answer to.