Today I went back to see what additional comments the moderators had made under the original entry and found it locked in such a way that the only comments I can view are my own. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I suspect this means that community members who only became aware of the entry (or at least the debate which erupted in it, since this didn't really get rolling for a day or two) can't see any comments at all. How are they supposed to know why the moderators felt they had to intervene or what they said to whom?
I understand that this action was likely motivated by the desire not to see further flamewars erupt over the topic or to waste too much bandwidth on metadiscussions. But isn't some metadiscussion healthy? The moderators enforce community standards, but how do we know what those standards are if we the community never discusses them?
Feel free to talk amongst yourselves (and to contest my opinions to the furthest degree that civility will allow).
ETA: I'm really pleased with the discussion which has resulted from this entry and I'd like to thank everyone who has contributed so far. I've always thought of linguaphiles as a place where intelligent people could productively debate difficult topics. It's good to see my faith confirmed.