I agree, that doesn't sound right.
How to restrict view, edit access to just the author and moderators?
To just the author and mods, unfortunately we cannot support this yet, as we don't have a "post author" pseudo-group. That is a good idea, though.
We did accomplish this via nodebb-plugin-support-forum, you could try this and see if it still works?
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