So because whining is not effective, you start to accuse the mods of trying to exploit the forums for financial gain? Give me a break.
It's right there in the first post. It's for philosophical reasons. They want to encourage others to participate and shift the focus back to bike builds. There are also other threads complaining about decline of weight weenies for exactly these reasons. It may be heavy handed and you may still disagree, but i don't think a lack of explanation is the problem, you just don't like the outcome.
Personally, I think there more effective strategy would be to ditch the starbike discount and drop the classifieds forum
Verbal stating our opinion on this matter is not "whining." We are voicing our thought on this action. I've been here a long time and really enjoy this place. It isn't like it use to be, but the heavy handed and archaic method of shutting down popular threads does the opposite of trying to make this place more enjoyable and popular. I have run discussion forums and been a moderator at others. This is the kind of action that kills communities and sets them back.
If you want to foster more bike build threads, you don't do that by shutting down other popular threads to artificially try and force people to do something you want them to do with negative consequences. If they want more build threads, they should incentivize members in a way such that members would be more willing to start a build thread. At that point, you wouldn't have to force people to do anything as they would want to for whatever system you put in place.
The vast majority of the posts by many different members on this issue is very negative towards the poor decision by the admin and moderators. Why wouldn't you want members to speak out for an action they didn't agree with? Frankie put "we took a dough decision" in the title, because he knew he would get backlash for this decision. Rightfully so.