I basically agree with Mr. viruzzz here George.
The original thread was to change the rules to remove the permaban totally or in some cases. Debate was to occur within that thread. A negative response in that thread would be to argue against its removal. I didn't see a real need to start another thread, where the nature of the debate would simply be reversed.
> Remove permaban thread.
Supporters want it removed either totally or in some cases and explain why. People against this say why they don't agree with the proposal to remove it.
> Keep permaban thread.
Supporters think it is useful and want to keep it. People against keeping it say it should be removed or partially removed.
Seems a bit superfluous to me to have two threads and as Mr. viruzzz said, it's not a rule change to keep it.
I personally thought the mods would merge the two threads. Ehhh, I guess it doesn't matter at this point.