They kept their decision confidential. Not one leak, Not one semi-sliver of a little detail released prematurely. Lips sealed.
It has a role, and, yes, it can be done–even today. Confidentiality, secrets, limits that should not be breached–these things matter.
Hooray for them–it is one of the reasons there is so much surprise.
Say what you want about the actual decision, but this aspect of its handling deserves real praise–KSH.