This issue highlights significant process, procedural and communication issues which I really do hope all will be able to learn from.
I quote from the beginning of Peter's (Invader's) initial thread of January:
As there have been some discussions lately about the categories "Special" and "Hybrid/Special Marking", their descriptions have now been revised to solve the issues.
No-one in the photography community could be blamed for assuming therefore that this meant that the category definitions had been changed and implemented. Though many raised concerns about the changes, nothing was said at the time to indicate that they were either only proposals or that, following feedback, they would not be implemented. I recall a great many comments relating to the fact that the help menus had not been changed in light of Peter's thread, but the opportunity was not taken to clarify that things were under discussion and, until this was resolved, the status quo would hold.
In Frippe's more recent thread following his rejection Peter bravely came up - the only Crew member prepared to comment - and said the following:
Because there was a lot of discussion, both within and outside the crew, on this complicated and controversial subject, the final implementation was postponed to see if something better would come up. An agreement had not yet been reached however, and then other priorities took over.
As far as I recall, this was the first time there had been some clarification offered as to events behind the scenes. Prior to this it had appeared to many that it was equivocal whether the changes were implemented or not. It did seem that some screeners were adopting a 'relaxed' attitude to uncertainties that uploaders legitimately had about this - hence Frippe's legitimate upset at his rejection.
Be that as it may, I felt aggrieved on Frippe's behalf that his initial rejection and subsequent appeal were processed without the offer of any feedback to him - as though he was left to read minds to know what was expected of him.
I am glad to hear that this matter is under further discussion, and look forward to reading the conclusions. I, for one, fully accept that mistakes and inconsistencies happen - that is impossible to avoid. What is more possible to control is the way the issues are handled and how communications occur about them.
All the best.