I never saw the thread, and never actually looked into the whole Naughty Dog issue until literally just now. From what i'm reading I'm going to guess that the thread was very hostile in the sense that people just weren't friendly towards each other and were unable to have a friendly political debate.
I remember after E3 (I refused to watch the Sony E3 because I am simply an Xbox and Nintendo exclusive guy), all I saw was Ellie kissing some chick in the thumbnails of videos and I completely ignored the game since until now. Pretty big situation at hand here, and I'm glad people are pushing back against this stuff and not letting it slide by smoothly like we have for so long. I like this website for its sales charts, and having discussions. But now I feel like these discussions are being threatened after you guys banned the one thread, it is a big deal, this place for many people is a safe forum for discussions since it is so small and community like.
And not a safe place in a sense that using the word "SJW" is not nice to some people, so we must punish those who use the word to attack others to appeal to 1% of the population here. Safe in the sense that everyone knows each other, and people can discuss with familiar faces around the world everyday in politics, games, and movies no matter their differing views and just move on the next day to the next big discussion.
We're also now being compared to the 4th Reich ResetEra, which means it is probably in your best interest for damage control and to just let people be. To find who rules over you, simply look at those who you can't criticize.
It's still safe. Consider this—many threads here aren't locked. Why? Despite a chunk of them being controversial, they don't get to a point where a lock is inevitable. We lock threads that are headed South, not strictly due to the material discussed. Had that been the case, we would have locked it just after Submission. We watched as it progressed, saw where it was headed, and decided to lock it before it got worse. My fault in it? I could have worded it better, but the lock was coming regardless of the wording. It was just that kind of thread.
As for the Era comparisons, again, we've been compared to them before. We've received plenty of hate over the years as well, of course due to our tracking of sales. Yet, we keep to what we do. Look at the situation in its entirety. We shouldn't fret over the opinion of a website that obviously allows the most toxic of people to comment on their articles.
Lastly, I must ask, what exactly are you glad to see people pushing back against?