Here's the question. The moderator edited out B"H from the body of a user's question. He made a snarky comment about the site not being religious, and I commented a couple of times explaining what it meant and asked him to change it back. He deletes the comments. He also seems upset because I recently asked a question about veganism and religion and I think he's taking it out on this user.

Is it acceptable for a moderator to remove this from a question or is this a form of religious discrimination? There are only 3 moderators on vegetarianism.se site, and this was done by the most active moderator.

There are a couple of similar mentions concerning "religious salutations" but this feels wrong.

I'd like to get another opinion on this to determine if it's acceptable or should be escalated.


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Yes, it is absolutely acceptable. This has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with how the SE sites work. We regularly remove "Hello" and "thanks", we remove anything that isn't directly related to the question and necessary for the question to be understood. The fact that it is a religious salutation doesn't seem relevant at all. It's a salutation, and salutations are regularly removed from all sites of the network. Here's the relevant Meta SE post:

Should 'Hi', 'thanks', taglines, and salutations be removed from posts?

There is very strong community consensus to remove such things and it has been standard practice across the network for many years. it isn't about religion, it's about keeping posts streamlined and to the point and free of anything not necessary to understand the question/answer.

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    Well, it's not a salutation (but rather an acknowledgement that one's ability to write, or ability to write this content, is God-given), but the reason to remove salutations applies to it also. FWIW, IIRC I've removed "B"H" from atop MY posts, too.
    – msh210 Mod
    Feb 14 at 21:47
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    @msh210 This helps. It would have been more helpful if the original mod had just explained it like this. I appreciate the feedback.
    – user34203
    Feb 14 at 22:21

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