I was wondering why do "threads" get closed? There was one we were following, (post office left baby chicks on door steps..) and it was closed. Why would BYC close a thread? My daughter asked me, I did'nt know what to tell her...anybody know?
There are a lot of reasons, look in the rules.
I believe that one was closed because it had been resolved, and people had just started chatting randomly.
Also, if people are flaming or trolling.
Or if it's a double post.
Or if it's a controversial subject-anything that has anything about fighting cocks usually gets closed faster than you can blink.
I think it's been answered pretty thoroughly by you guys. The BYC Staff works as a team to make decisions about which threads are appropriate to continue on the forum. Sometimes threads are locked, but remain visible to our forum members, sometimes threads are closed and removed completely, and sometimes threads are edited and allowed to continue.
Although each of us on the Staff spends a lot of time on the forum just reading and "taking care of business" when needed, we do rely on reports from BYC members to let us know when something is going on that needs addressed. We love your reports and PMs because they help us serve the needs of the forum better.
In terms of how we moderate, as a general rule...the longer you're a member of BYC, the more you'll get a feel for how things work around here.
We try to keep things (1) friendly and (2) family-friendly. That's why we're the best and biggest chicken forum on the web!
And I'm closing this since I think your question has been answered.
To add to Chicken Lady's excellent reply, I think it is important to add that often we get the request to close a thread from the original poster. In those cases, we will see if such a request is warranted and act on it.