I'm surprised that the trolling occurring on the BBS has aroused such strange reactions.
Surely there is a place for all space endeavors to be discussed, rationally, on this BBS (nearly said BS there!).
Personally speaking I have had great help from many on this list, including some whose (political/technical) views differ from mine.
I well remember the replies that I got from A way off topic subject a few months ago that really, really helped me out.I guess that a lot of the help etc that is provided from a request on the BBS is not seen by the majority simply because the replies are direct to the the original poster, maybe we (I) should dual post, and annoy a lot of the casual "skimmers" on the BBS?
As to having "moderators" controlling the NA AMSAT BBS I'd have to say no.
Why, well I feel that a lot of (most) folk that post are trying to find an answer to a question or simply throw something into the ring and check back for an Answer or may be open their mailbox to see if a reader has replied directly.
I'm sure others on the BBS can relate to my experiences, and can see the value in leaving the (basically self moderating) bbs as it is.
73, Don ZL1THO