That's pretty much exactly what you said would happen.
That's why no one brought it up. About an hour after you posted the topic opener, everyone who was not locked to TL3 status lost it (which is how some few of us were still getting into the Lounge --- those were the few of us (hilariously, mostly people who had been banned at some point and had to be locked to TL3 after the bans ended) who kept TL3).
I kept my yap shut because I didn't want to lose access to the Lounge until the very last possible minute, but since the Lounge is now locked to TL4, I didn't see a reason any more to stay silent (although, yeah, now "stripped of the symbol of our identity," yadda, yadda).
And I think I speak for almost all of us when I say that we admire you for having done so. When I say that most of the ire I've seen is targeted towards one person, it's the truth, and you are certainly not that target.
Just being the one who brought this change forward and took the heat for it was quite a courageous act, and it means a lot to me, and, I'm certain, to many more of us.
I'd hate to see how much worse St. Elsewhere's Day would have been had you not stepped in and banned @modusoperandi for two weeks, before @jlw could have stepped in and delivered the more draconian ban that he had promised (and later admitted in the Lounge that he would have given).