Whether you like it or not, the owners own the forum and can sensor/change/delete anything they want. Kinda like if you come to my house, if you say something I don't like, I can ask you to leave.
I guess I don't understand this 'elite' statement though? Who do you consider elite and asking for your posts to be edited?
Only edits I have seen seem to be of personal attacks or explicit breaking of the rules. They weren't vigorously enforced in the past and I think that has scared away some new people because they sometimes get slammed for saying somehing some of us think isn't correct.