The mods were surprised by the overwhelming support for the view that "the guidelines don't work and should be abandoned" (+19/−3, and twice the score of any other feedback).
Given the steadily increasing resistance to the guidelines in practice, followed by that unexpected and overwhelming support for a late suggestion to abandon them, holding a vote-to-confirm-the-votes to revert to Stack Exchange norms would have been superfluous. (We've all known the GM who calls for multiple rolls until a preordained result is rolled—calling for votes to confirm votes has the same problem.) Even then we sat on it to see if there was a reversal coming, until it was past obvious that it was a fait accompli and was waiting only to be implemented. Or more accurately, for our peculiar policy to be recinded.
We also knew there would be objections after recinding it. That is the nature of policy changes.
Regardless: the observed problems with recommendations under that policy, and the reasons for proposing abandoning it, haven't changed. Those reasons can still be challenged, and the feedback meta is still open to answers. Unless there is a clear reversal of consensus there and attendant support for reinstating the policy, there is no reason to return to the previous status quo.
There is also nothing preventing, alternatively, a new suggestion for a policy to permit recommendations at RPG.se. What we have learned about the strengths and weaknesses of the previous policy might even give such a proposal a fighting chance at being effective.
Policy formation at SE is like that: formed organically by talking about what needs doing and coming to decisions. There isn't a formal process, just this free-form use of meta.