Are we really discussing this here?
@Strad: you are trying to play the cliché-card here: that we are power-crazy dictators. We aren't; moderators are infact almost the same as normal members. The sole difference is that we safe-guard discussions from moving away from their purpose. We ask everybody to abide the directions, including other moderators themselves. We certainly aren't above what we demand, and what we demand is simply following the guidelines, which were laid out long before me and Steve were moderators.
Car threads are indeed very strictly moderated, and that's for a good reason. They are at the core of f1technical. People join us for those threads, not the team threads or the caption competition. It speaks for itself that these threads have a much higher moderation footprint, since they need to be strictly handled. The very nature of those threads don't give leeway, which is good, since they only are about the technicalities of the specific car, and not about how good one driver is to another, or laptimes, or whatever.
We always ask compliance for that. There's nothing difficult about that: it needs to be about what you can "touch" and "see" on the car. If people aren't willing to comply with that, they'll get a warning, not on their first infraction, but after several. If some persons think the rules still don't apply for them, further breaking them or showing insubordination, then realize they are putting us for the block: either we allow it and we loose every bit of credibility, which will result more and more members just ignoring requests for compliance, or we ban them to show them they are indeed bound to the rules.
Yes, we have more power, which also means more duties since we were given that power for a reason. People often forget we have a duty and only see the power.
@Pierce: flyboy didn't ban you just for that, you have to be fair about that. Rather, everything culminating up to and including that comment was motivating the ban. i'll give you another example: one member once told me to "go ahead, I don't give a toss about it". That same member received all week long PM's, not warnings at first, to be a bit more objective in his posts. Then when I finally gave him a warning, because he started to mock other members about drivers, and specifically stated further action would be taken if he didn't quit, he made that statement. We banned him. Not just for the comment, but because we gave him the message to stop his idiocity and he simply threw it back in our face.
(yeah sorry for the long PR talk