It's easy to be a back seat moderator. Some people call for us to moderate more strongly, and yet others think we moderate too strongly (hence the creation of this thread after all). I serve the people who post here, and for better or for worse, the people who post here now aren't the same people who posted here back in the "good old days". I miss a lot of the debates we used to have, but none of those people are coming back.
It's disingenuous to call for the close of the E&C. I don't even post there much myself anymore, but its activity obviously dominates the DBB, and it has a lot of value for a lot of people, even if they aren't me, or us.
I'm currently a front seat moderator, a Global Moderator on a rather large hockey forum, and I can tell you that the E&C as it exists now it chronically undermoderated. Topics degenerate from discussion to insults and flamewars within a few posts. Topics are made that are basically just a link and a one line snark shot at one side of the political spectrum or the other. The same old insults are hurled out time and time again. There is very little discussion there because there is just a bunch of fights.
I'm not saying a moderator should be like a presidential debate moderator and actively guide discussion. A good moderating team should make sure arguments don't break out that derail the thread and that insults that add nothing to the discussion are prohibited, and chronic offenders removed from certain threads or even the whole forum until they can learn to talk like adults.
The E&C does not have a good moderating team, and I suspect given this forums overall level of activity it would be hard to find one with both the time and inclination needed to actively moderate that forum and put the flames out.
So with that supposition in mind, there are two remaining options: declare it completely unmoderated (and lets be honest, it basically is now) and remove only posts that could cause legal trouble, or close it down completely.
But let's think about the big picture here: this is supposed to be a forum for the discussion of Descent. And with new 6DoF games on the horizon including a new Franchise Descent game, it would be prudent to put the DBB's best foot forward and make this place look as nice as possible for potential new users who might consider coming here to discuss the games outside of the developers official forums. Descent Underground could mean the revitalization of this whole community if people who stopped playing long ago come back and new users start signing up.
The E&C forum is the biggest blight on the whole board. I fully expect that if someone came here and browsed every forum looking to sign up, they would undoubtedly be deterred by that single forum because that is literally where the vast majority of activity is these days.
The people in the E&C should be able to find new places on the internet to bicker and hurl insults at eachother. This board should expect better than that cess-pool.
Shut it down.