I don't have the feeling this was closed down to prevent any discussion, the discussion really was getting nowhere with lengthy posts by both sides repeating the same arguments. There was basically only one point people agreed upon, and there is a ticket for this now.
Not sure what you are referring to with the first thing, but @freso's comment was really unnecessary. But I did not have the impression it was a targeted attack, rather a sneaky comment made without knowing the background. And it has been cleared up in the discussion.
I agree somewhat on this, at least as an outsider of any particular case it often was a bit surprising. But there is always another side to the story, and one person being "a bit annoying" might as well be the reason for others to leave the community. I don't think anybody was ever banned without serious considerations and lots of discussion. In either case I don't think this is really related to the case at hand.
Yes, but I think this is actually caused by the fact that the community has a big influence on things (rather than a sign of the community being just a "myth"), and I don't mean that in a negative sense. While we all want to collect data about music in some way, we have very different reasons to do so. This causes lengthy discussions, but the result has shown to be pretty solid so far.
And also it always depends who is participating in any particular discussion. This is actually another reason the CSG discussion got stuck: The same people throwing the same arguments around without any new ideas coming in. Maybe we will have the same discussion again later on, initiated by other people with new ideas. The now closed thread will still be there for reference