Good points as usual.
This might come down to the “quality” of the individual ISD in question. Let’s consider, for example, what top-tier MVP ISD Dorrim Barstorlode did a few hours ago: he temporarily closed a thread, cleaned it up, issued warnings to posters of violating posts, and reopened a thread.
Basically, more ISDs need to do this instead of categorically closing posts, especially now that they have tempban powers by which to enforce their warnings.
Granted, you could say “well, even Barstorlode categorically closes threads”, but I would argue that the only threads I’ve seen him categorically close are the ones that fall under the two criteria I described above: where either the opening post is totally out of bounds, or where the opening post is a written to be piñata where no amount of moderation is going to keep it from getting smacked around.
The only thing I could say is that ISDs could provide leniency on reopening threads if the reopened thread is word crafted to be on a signifcantly tighter leash in terms of scope and bounds so as to not present the problems that had it closed initially. All reopened threads I’ve seen continue to violate the above criteria, so go figure they get shut down - I have yet to see a reopened thread that don’t violate the criteria, so we don’t have a basis on which to evaluate ISD’s current degree of leniency.
On this I agree with you. I do think, however, with threads such as this one and the ISD Appreciation thread I started a while back that they definitely listened to our collective feedback. They took direct action based on our collective feedback and they themselves participated (specifically CCP Aurora on the other thread, who alongside CCP Dopamine really engages with us on the forums and takes our feedback seriously, as well as other ISDs).