+1, I think them being more strict is a welcome change but the forum rules really needed to be more detailed
It would depend upon the thread, I guess. Users know what they are doing when making some threads that are obviously deleted, but the genuine ones that follow alongside the ruling that still end up getting 404'd - I guess an explanation as to why this is would be a welcome change for those who ultimately respect it.
It would also stop the hate speech and rumours of "dictatorship mods", which I truly disbelieve.
From my experience, usually a thread ends up getting deleted due to the thread breaking rules, the thread receives a lot of reports or the comments within the thread outweigh the good, leading to a deletion as opposed to just deleting comments. However, like I said, this also depends upon the thread in question.
I assume that if too many forum-rules are broken in the thread, it gets deleted. The same goes for threads/comments that gets too many reports.
I enjoy replying threads at night.
Somehow, most of the time they aren't moderated until the morning. Which allow us to have deep discussion about various subjects in offtopic forum.
Few years ago, even by day those type of subjects were plenty.
I don't know why they get moderated more today than before. I'm sure they added a significant part of the hltv audience.