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To be fair, most of the closed recruitments I've seen aren't picking players from a limited number of applicants; they're "okay, guys, all five of you I've already contacted check in here and build your characters," which can easily be done in a Discussion thread. Like this. Or this. Or this. Or this.
For replacing players, having a recruitment thread that already says "CLOSED" in its title is counterproductive. I'm not even going to open it and read all the way to the end where you're saying, "Hey, we've had some players drop and need new PCs." Because you've already told me I'm not invited. Wait until you need players and then create a thread that doesn't tell them not to open it.
Papa.DRB, while in your case a closed recruitment thread would actually make sense, I'd still advise you to invite your current players to a Discussion thread to pitch their characters there, for the above reason. It won't clutter up their Campaigns tab or your campaign's Players tab, as it's only posting in the Gameplay thread that adds a Campaign to a player's profile or a player to the Campaign. But if you went ahead with a closed Recruitment thread, I couldn't quibble.