Users here familiar with rants about power-hungry moderators on the infamous City-Data forum should expect more of the same at the College Confidential forum for the same reasons. The forum exists primarily to generate advertising dollars for the site owners rather than to convey useful information to the students. As volunteers, moderators get no payment beyond "feeling good" about squashing "unacceptable" forum user behavior. This includes restricting or banning users who engage in any so-called "promotion" of any book, video, or Web site the users might find helpful to share with others. Only "authoritative" citations are allowed, whatever that means.
Given how untrustworthy so many "authorities" have proven themselves, that restriction has no merit. In a time when colleges cheerfully run students into six figures of debt with no guarantee of future payback, along with professors who refuse to serve the students they are paid to serve, forums should be encouraging the sharing of useful information to help students avoid these traps. Instead, College Confidential simply seeks to profit by maintaining student ignorance with stupidly restrictive posting policies.
Thank you for this opportunity to vent.