Contentious threads

Recently I locked & hid a thread

I PROBABLY SHOULD have just locked the thread
But I also hid it from being seen in the listings
Hoping it would be a way to cool tempers

Well, lets just say THAT failed
Hiding it made some people think it had been deleted (which it hadn’t but they have no way to know that)

So from now on IF things get contentious I will silence involved parties for several hours
Should that fail to reduce the heat I’ll lock a thread for several hours

But I wont hide them again

BUT I’d REALLY rather NOT have to do any of this
Please - disagree all you want but BE CIVIL