1) in programmer jargon, "deprecated" means most aptly "no longer supported". i wasn't aware that that is so different from its dictionary definition. in the future it's probably fine to ask what it means without condescension and a very large video.
2) thanks for the input(, ) nirvana, litster and others. i and the other moderators truly appreciate it.
2a) my feeling is that, as moderators, we are agents of imav more than that of the community. where possible, yes, we would like to serve the community, but i feel the way forward to doing that is to assist imav. this may require playing the bad guy sometimes, but that is why, like most volunteer positions, it's a bit thankless.
2b) we have discussed adding more transparency to moderation actions, and the problem is that it often invites as much or more non-productive argument as productive argument, which requires more moderation and so on...
3) a number of us on the board are, yes, highly technical people, and we (in fact i, in particular) are highly direct, brusque, what have you; this is not necessarily because we hate everyone or aspire to be law enforcement officers, but because that is the way we are used to communicating, and changing our mode of communication takes time and constructive advice. please keep this in mind when you consider your comments.