A suggestion (to take or leave)...
Forget the past. Just put it behind us, don't look at it too closely, let it go. What is the situation now?
This discussion (sparked by an offsite protest by Jechbi) has set a new precedent here at Dhamma Wheel. The moderators and administrators have shown an unprecedented willingness to accept dissent and criticism from members. Has anyone here seen this happen on another forum? I haven't.
Retro and the other moderators are telling us that suggestions and complaints can be made publicly, in the suggestion box area, but that one should go through private channels (PM) first. If anyone has questions about this, now is the time to ask. But if we start rehashing the past, trying to pin down whether these "restrictions" where "really" part of the DW rules or just assumptions in some members' heads, i think we can argue on forever.
What are the rules, what is the situation now? That's all that matters.
Just my 2 cents.