First, I want to make it crystal clear that my problem is only with @ballscrewbob. The other moderators had nothing to do with the deletion of the messages in this thread. The issues being raised here are above their pay grade and they should kick this whole thing upstairs.
I think that I may have reported one of the early crossposts by @Valerie_Research but I was, of course, unaware of all the behind-the-scenes machinations that later occurred, as described by @AWOL. But none of that explains or excuses @ballscrewbob's deletion of a significant fraction of the thread.
IMO, the survey is poorly constructed and has little or no merit.
OK. What are you gonna do if @ballscrewbob deletes your comment because he disagrees with it?
Oh wait. You're a mod. That isn't likely to happen is it?
Oh wait. He deleted two of your three posts in the original thread as well!
Nobody is safe.
@ballscrewbob is a new moderator - please cut him some slack.
I am willing to do that and indeed I have done so by remaining on this forum for the past week in the hope that this situation can be resolved satisfactorily. He PMd me 3 times and I tried to reason with him. He has not only flatly refused to reverse his decision but he will not justify what he has done nor has he explained what was wrong with what I said. He has unilaterally decided that, for whatever reason, the subject of questionnaires and their construction is a Holy Topic and anyone who disagrees with his views will have their messages deleted.
In message #53 of the original thread, where he says "Remember R2?", he seems to be proud of the fact that he also deleted messages from another thread about a survey. If you read that thread now, no evidence remains that there were any opinions that contradicted @ballscrewbob's warped view of the world. How many other threads has he mangled that we don't know about and how many more will he mangle in the future? How many more Holy Topics are there which will bring down the wrath of @ballscrewbob if I or anyone else dare transgress the orthodox (i.e. his) view?
I have B.Sc.(Honours) and an M.Sc. in computer science (which involved, amongst other things, courses in statistics) and I have spent almost my entire working life at a university. I have seen (almost) first-hand, what can happen when a questionnaire isn't properly constructed. Because of that, I feel that I have some qualifications and experience to at least make legitimate comments on the subject of questionnaire construction without them being subject to arbitrary deletion.
I am not willing to have @ballscrewbob sit in judgement over my posts when:
(a) he won't explain or justify what he has done
(b) he has not answered my challenge in message #3 in this thread (i.e. PROVE I'm wrong).
(c) so far, all he has done in his PMs to me and in the mutilated thread is demonstrate that he doesn't understand the issues of questionnaire construction.
To rectify this situation @ballscrewbob needs to do just two things:
(a) he restores the thread (#579172) to its original condition (with no deleted messages) AND it is unlocked and it stays that way.
(b) Further discussion on any topic, but especially about questionnaire construction, in this or any other thread is NOT arbitrarily judged and censored by him (i.e. there are no Holy Topics).
But he created this mess.
HE needs to fix it.
Until he does fix it to my satisfaction, I am outta here.