|Because it was on the short list of widely followed boards on SI. As a thread with much more cachet and interest than the 10,000+ others, it is distasteful to see the moderation completely arbitrary, blind and unaccountable.|
This is not a procedural question - it's a "board quality" issue. The other top threads have well-known moderators with pretty clearly stated views on what flies and what won't on their threads.
I know much you guys would love to have Anthony back with all the attention his bellowing attracted. OTOH, if his appeal fails, the appeal of his thread and its importance on SI will keep fading. This issue may end up moot.