The question has already been answered, but I will confirm it in any case:
1. ANY post accusing another member of being a paid shill will be removed as off-topic. Whether it's an accusation against a member that has been here
5 minutes, 5 years, a moderator, a super moderator or an administrator, it doesn't matter. Everyone is equal before the Terms and Conditions.
2. When you're in a conversation with a moderator in a thread don't be blinded by the fact that they are a moderator as well. Staff members are
members first and moderators second. So your question should have read: "If You Question an ATS member's Motive, Does Your Post Get Removed in
3. As has been mentioned a moderator cannot moderate the thread they are participating in. Any moderator doing that will get in a lot of trouble, and
yes moderators get in trouble as well. Moderators are held against higher standards because people love to scrutinize their each and every move.
4. All moderator actions are logged. No moderator can action a post without a record of it being created. Before a post is actioned it is discussed in
the moderator's forum. The online moderators then collectively have to decide what to do with the post. In other words a single moderator cannot
rampantly remove posts or influence posts/a thread.
5. Moderators typically don't "police" the board. They are more likely to respond to complaints - as a matter of fact they rely on complaints because
they can not possibly read each and every post.
6. The majority of moderators I know are highly intelligent. Very little gets past them. And most of them has been doing this for years. Collectively
they have centuries worth of experience moderating. So, if there was a "bad apple" they would pick it up almost immediately. And they have very little
patience for "bad apples". Very little. Trust is a valued commodity amongst moderators. No-one will ever be made a moderator unless they've proven
If you have a problem with a moderator/member and/or their posts, it's best to launch a complaint. It's bad form to either question it in the "problem
thread" and it's unacceptable to start a thread about it. The only ones that can solve your problems when it comes to ATS issues are the staff, so ask
them, they are here to help.
In short: Your "spidey sense" is broken.
Asked and answered, therefore: Thread closed.
edit on 28/4/2014 by Gemwolf because: Horrific grammar