Answering Jonathan's question from the tone thread. --JTH
The rules about board moderation do not apply to the staff; thus, board staff may shut down discussion threads, tell people to stop posting, set limits for reasonable criticism, etc.
Rules about prohibited content do apply to staff; thus staff may not, for example, post uncleared question content, use profanity in the high school section, or use this forum to promote bigotry or sexual harassment.
I hope that clarifies which sections of the board rules exist to reserve moderation roles for the board moderators and which exist because no one should post certain actions ever. If you have concerns or comments about where the board staff have drawn this line, or how we resolve any particular case, please feel free to contact me or any other staffer by email or private message.