I always assumed it was meant only as a means to correct grammar and typos, not for wholesale deleteion of things one wished they hadn't posted or as an angry 'I don't want to talk about it anymore" kind of response.
You are correct. The purpose of an edit feature on any message board is to allow one to correct spelling as well as grammar, *not* for the type of abuse that we've seen here in the Cafe Tropico forums.
Many message boards allow for an option of being able to edit one's posts during a reasonable amount of time (such as 15 minutes), and then after that one cannot edit that specific post. Alas, the Cafe's board software "SimpleMachinesForum" doesn't allow for this option, hence all editing has been disabled.
As far as one being able to delete *entire* threads (which more than likely *also* includes messages from other members), this is *not* the "norm" as far as Internet message boards go. Call it alleged "censorship" or whichever term that you may prefer, but allowing members to delete threads that contain numerous messages posted by *other* users is the ultimate form of censorship at it's worse. Hence, that feature was disabled as well.
And the reports of confusion... -----snip----- Then decide if confusion exists.
That's exactly the entire reason for deisabling the afore mentioned board options.
Lastly (refering to so-called "censorship"), bear in mind... just like almost ALL message boards on the Internet:
Membership at the <insert_forum_name_here> is a privilege, not a right... this isn't a democracy (which is governed as such to maintain some sort of organization to an already confusuing mess that we like to call the <insert_forum_name_here>).