This thread is an attempt to improve the efficiency and uniformity of the investigations conducted by Bullshido members.
How much bullshit is too much? At what point, if ever, do we dismiss someone out of hand because they aren't actually contributing the the investigation in any meaningful way?
Case in point - the comba-tai thread. The poster Mantis origianlly appeared in 2005 to say that he didn't believe comba-tai existed. Over the the course of the investigation, he has changed sides either through legitimate conversion or because he was always a supporter of comba-tai seeking to 'undermine us from within.' For the past 2-3 months, he has promised to answer specific questions but has never actually done so. He has recently admitted that he has no knowledge of some claims (read the thread for details) and spent his time trying to attack the investigators (argument 10) and bring up issues irrelevant to the investigation.
Because that thread is in MABS, should a mod (who has no part in the investigation) remove the posts that are nothing more than fluff or should they stay?
If they are removed, it cleans up the thread and keeps things relevant to the investigation, but it also opens the door to the accusation that we (Bullshido community) are applying an unfair standard to our investigations. Reluctance to deal with that accusation (in this context) opens up the door for subjects of every investigation to do as much as they can to clutter up threads and distract from the investigation...
Another case in point - in a thread about an FMA grandmaster (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=49928), several posters continuted to clutter the **** out of the thread without answering direct and rather simple evidence. Samuel Browning hit them with a temp ban (which I believe became a perma-ban because of duplicate accounts).
Essentially, should we let people **** up our investigations to appease the perception of fairness or should we apply a standard of "put up or shut up" in investigations? To what extent does leeway exist?
It might be obvious, but I believe that a third party mod (someone who has nothing to do with the investigation) should be the one to make the decision about specific posts and posters.