I don’t think it’s clear from this post which steps weren’t voluntary, and I don’t think we should make assumptions.
I’m familiar with a specific case in this area where CEA’s response seemed excessive to me. And I’ve heard of CEA employees, people who were middle-of-the-road politically, who began to tire of CEA’s excessive concern for its public image and the public image of the EA movement.
But the thing is that excessive concern for public image might not be a bad idea in this day and age. People have written books about this.