I was contacted by one of the moderators, Technokat, this morning and they stated that thread was removed in error. Overzealous moderation because of the mention of competitors by some new mods on the team. They apologized for the mixup and said it's OK to talk about other companies so long as it's not like a commercial. Even saying I could re-create the thread if I wanted to. Which makes sense and how I had originally interpreted it to be. I couldn't ask for anything else on this matter, I'm happy. So thank guys.