1) This is not a place to discuss / disagree with what Rich said. We aren't allowed to discuss officially answered questions from locked discussions.
I don't think that's correct. I'd hope that Rich is a big enough man to take people disagreeing with him, even over WOG.
But If a moderator closes a thread because of too much snark, it is forbidden to open a new thread to continue the discussion. It is forbidden because it would lead to the same snark starting up again. Nothing to do with disagreeing with Rich.