If you let things get started in such a way that it looks like an uncivilized frontier, then people will feel justified in behaving badly. That will drive off exactly the people you'd rather have around, while it encourages more bad behavior.
h th rny.
To state my point as clearly as possible: due to the lack of popularity amongst the community as a whole, there is no future in becoming a moderator for forum-type websites. They are going out of business. Not because their owners want them to, but because they are losing their customers. No customers, no business, no future.
The problem with simply deleting posts rather than disemvowelling is that you end up with weird gaps in the conversation.
Similarly, Kingdom of Loathing's chat allows you to /ignore (or /baleet) someone you dislike so that you don't see anything they say, or even that they said anything at all. If you do that, though, you get people saying weird random contextless things in the chat
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