Locking down threads is not anything new. If you think we "didn't used to do it", you're engaging in selective memory. And I locked the threads down because it had become just a bunch of name-calling. That's not political debate (actually, maybe it is).
The level of vitriol in those threads had hit a new high for juvenile behaviour. And the first person who says anything like "yeah, because of [insert name here]" gets 30 days off to think about it.
We're going to be discussing this whole issue in the staff lounge.
Coffee is your friend. Everyone else is an acquaintance.