Regarding rank resets - We direct those to a developer here on our boards. Not sure what your thread contained, but if it was false information or wrong information that may be why it was removed.
Locking though. Complaints about removed content should be forwarded to me. Public threads like this waste time and space.
Unfortunately there's no such thing as free speech on an official forum. Every post on here is monitered to give treyarch a good image. The only issues really allowed to be viewed are about lag and stuff.
Legitimate complaints are allowed. We do remove content that is unconstructive though and many times that is someone simply ranting with little substance.
The latter of your statement is also entirely false.
I definately think other games are catching up as well a few years ago I would never have even thought about buying a game like Dishonored but my wife tells me Santa might bring it for me ha ha and I'm looking forward to that more than i am about spending another 11 months playing COD.
I don't think they need to annoy their own fan base any more, every forum about BO2 has mostly negative posts and it will catch up with them eventually, olders businesses sometimes have to adapt to meet their users needs or go under.