which has cleared 60 posts
I didn't delete the thread, but I'll address it because thread was further off course than Amelia Earhart over the Atlantic. About 40 of those 96 posts had absolutely nothing to do with the topic. Not accusing anyone of doing anything in specific, but people weren't being respectful of each other, debating personalities instead of the topic, it was rising in tension, then it went full tilt sideways. The best way to avoid losing a provocative thread is to keep steering it on topic, regardless of the topic, and ignore trolls, which is primarily why the thread was removed.
Try and remember that the volunteer mods and admins are here to assist and even learn too, not spend an hour or so trying to clean up large messes, which that thread became. Removing a post or two is easy, removing most of the posts and sending stickymail per poster, very time consuming. At some point someone made a decision it was too much work to recover, and I respect that decision because it was a big time consuming mess to fix.
Would our time be better spent promoting new threads and helping answer the next HTML/PHP/CSS or SEO question instead or cleaning up big messes?
Personally, I could answer 10 new questions in the time it would take to clean that thread.
I'd opt for the next thread, cut our losses, learn from our mistakes, handle threads like that better next time, and move on, thanks.
And you're absolutely right, there was some good content in there, a real shame to lose, and perhaps people will think about that before feeding a troll or taking a thread off topic next time, seriously.