Also, if you think something is off topic, report it. We rely heavily on user reports as we simply don't have the time to read every post in every thread.
Do know that baiters will use the slightest off topic notion and excuse to use the report button to rack up a user’s deleted post count, leading to an eventual ban. This is what led me to leave Anet back in 2015, the huge amount of baiters attempting to get me banned. I wasn’t going to get banned, and satisfy the trolls, so I departed the site instead.
I would hope that, in the case of suspected “off topic posts”, other than blatantly obvious irrelevant, or flaming content, that a moderator would investigate at least the surrounding posts to determine the necessary context, doing their “due diligence”, so to speak, before taking the axe to the remark.
Is 777ER still a moderator?
Aside from that, I think the “Friend/Foe” ignore feature is really great, but if I can make a suggestion, even if it’s just a pipe dream, is to implement a feature where “blocked” users cannot see the profile or any content posted by that profile by which they were blocked, identical to what Facebook does where, when one is blocked by someone, they essentially “disappear” from view, and the blocked person cannot interact with the blocker, unless they make a new profile.
If anet did that, I would come back, and be a regular fulltime poster in a heartbeat. Sadly enough, though, I can think of about 50 users I would immediately add to the “block list” right off the top of my head.
As for the moderators deleting political posts, I’m going to advocate for the moderation team on this one, and say that I really wish the discussion of politics would be prohibited altogether on Anet (as many other discussion forums, and networking sites have done). Most people are solidly cemented in their political views, and, for this reason, political topics seldom turn out well. There are plenty of other, more appropriate discussion mediums and stages for which to disseminate political viewpoints, rather than an airplane website. I can say with 100% certainty that, given political discussions were wiped from Anet, the burden of moderation would be heavily reduced.