It just surprises me that so many people are up in arms about Snail having 'teh powah'.
To be honest with you all, if I got it into my head to lock every thread in a Forum, do you think Admin would respond with 'Oh well, bad luck.'?
Moderators do have their own rules to abide by, it doesn't give us Carte Blanche to do as we see fit, we are mostly just there to be a first line of defence against really obvious problems, like arguments or 'Buy Viagra Here!' type posts. We can lock, move, split, edit or delete posts, and any one of those done without cause will cause a response, so we are naturally wary of doing so unless we consider it really necessary.
Believe me, if I locked everything I deemed as pointless, then I wouldn't be a moderator for long. Give Snail time and see what sort of a Moderator he is before passing judgement