I see a lot of similar threads were opened today. For example
1) Is it likely that Djokovic will achieve the Retirement Slam this year
2) What are the odds that Rafa will do a calendar slam
So I would like to know if the subject matter of these threads has any more worth than the subject matter of that thread. The reason I mention these threads is that I believe the moderators should apply the same consistent standards to all threads. If a specific thread is deleted without explanation, I feel it is reasonable to assume that other threads of a similar nature will be evaluated similarly. Right now, the deletion could be based on the moderator's dislike towards the original poster and we would have no way of knowing.
1) Has been removed as it's clearly a baiting thread
2) Generated some sort of discussion before going off topic and has now been closed.
The rules are defined to be realistic and flexible, there will be some grey areas that require a judgement call, that's inevitable. We don't operate in a vaccum though - we try to apply the rules as fairly and consistently as we can and when decisions are questioned we obviously need to be able to explain why we took those decisions. Hard to do that if it's purely a question of poster bias. As a mod, if an admin is asked to look into something I've done I need to be able to back up my choices so it's not like it's completely arbitrary.
The same applies to a LOT of threads on GM.
So, that leaves the question: why was this one deleted and others (for which a) and b) apply as well) are not?
Maybe they weren't reported or went unnoticed by the moderation team? I for one was offline for nearly 2 days with a PC malfunction that required a rebuild of my operating system. Clearly during that time I wasn't hovering over GM to ensure all threads complied with the rules, and my fellow mods would be in and out at various times too - we don't have blanket forum coverage, we can't have blanket forum coverage, so we're dependent on reports to flag up issues. Of course, if the real issue is not "why weren't those threads removed if this on was" but is actually "I don't agree this thread should have been removed anyway" then there's less likely to be a report from yourselves.