The Nevis Range thread wasn't removed for moderation, all that happened was that I had to delete the last 10 (or so) messages as they were straying off topic and into personal abuse. So the 'last post' date changed, so the thread moved down the list.
But you're right, it is going downhill. A year ago, there was basically never any need for any moderation at all. And yes, generally it does tend to be the Nevis Range threads that are affected. Quite a coincidence that the forums most prolific posters also hail as being Nevis Range regulars. Is there a connection? Never!