I'm afraid I don't see this as vindication for anyone--it was an unfortunate situation for both sides, but in the end, Epilogue has absolutely nothing against people expressing their opinions. It was the WAY certain opinions were expressed that resulted in the removal of some posts, unfortunately. We do have a few rules and guidelines in place, intended to keep the forums friendly--this isn't in the interests of censorship, but just in the interests of preventing things exactly like this.
In the end, we did leave one thread active in case any genuine NEW concerns were raised, but, sadly, they weren't. We will be making it easier to contact editors personally, by installing a contact form, and we are also working constantly on the approvals process, but there will always be some disagreements, and we do respectfully ask that people bring those to us in private rather than clogging the WIP forums with threads that aren't really intended for critique. (This has been a forum rule for a long time, following some arguments among members which grew quite heated.)
The PM which received a very brief response, for the record, contained nothing but a reiteration of several previous arguments, and we couldn't think of anything else to say. :-(
I hope that clarifies things a bit for you guys.