Falcon at 11 Dec 2008: 12:49
The thread is still there. It's accessible to anyone who wants to read it. Several topics in /faq speak directly to the issue as well.
We have very few rules here, and most visitors don't have an issue abiding by them. Nobody said the topic wasn't open for discussion, we only asked that it not be discussed further here. It was the best way to separate those who bitch for the sake of bitching and those with legitimate arguments. The latter will gladly write an email or visit the IRC channel.