This issue has gone a long way back and was to be expected. The rules are fairly clear about parodies and, like Malkie said, there is this official parody thread. You might agree with the rules or not, but they should be the guideline. I locked many, many parodies, I hated some of them, liked many of them, but if the rules are clear about it, we have to go by these. It was never about my opinion, but about what we all have agreed to do (when those rules were made). Ignoring the rules because you like a thread or a person (or worse, you're afraid of sticking your neck out and doing something wrong) is wrong IMHO. I disliked 50% of the rules and would have loved to throw them out, but modding isnt always about your own preference. It's also a lot about what has been agreed that is expected from you. Part of that is upholding the rules. If you dont like them and cant do that, step down and find somebody who can and will. That said, these rules do need changing. To be honest, it's difficult to exactly come up with something which is clear about this. Leaving locking a parody or not up to a mods judgment alone is the wrong way to go. Rules should always be clear, if they arent, they need to be re-written, not converted into a grey area with all kinds of exceptions. A poster should be able to check up front if hi/her thread is alright or will be locked. It'd be wrong to post something and then having to wait for a while to see if a mod likes your thread or you enough to keep it open. Allowing grey areas in rules about things like these will only cause confusion, further pointless discussions and more inconsistency. And as for random sprees where users have lots of funs, when I saw these, I always looked away for half an hour or so, until the users had their fun and then locked the spree. Rules followed, users had their fun. The best of both worlds. Sometimes over-analyzing things will only make it worse. EDIT: and I dont think we should use this thread to crucify mods who did try their best to moderate their forum. They at least did something. Sometimes you make the wrong call, big deal. I prefer a mod who has the balls to step in and act than a mod who fancies his or her colors but prefers to stay away from controversial mod-decisions and only posts snarky comments in comms instead of actually modding their forums.