I put this in the lounge, but I think it may more appropriate here:
Our Mods are people and react to personal public attacks as people tend to do.
Why is it so hard to send a polite PM to a mod (we all have ones we feel closest to) to ask for clarification and express your point.
I have been completely satisfied with my results from such a tactic and I think Billy Dean would still be with us if people hadn't trashed the board as they did.
Continued threads only aggravate and cause the ego behind the Mod to dictate action.
Obviously Sam was not banned for the conflict with Ad, that was just a simple spat. Remember that Funky complained that Sam sent him a PM that crashed his computer and also threatened to do it again. This is behavior that is not acceptable under any circumstance.
All I am saying is that we may not be privy to the cumulative data which resulted in SAm's ban, and I am sorry that he is gone, but our most effective tool for gaining information and getting SAm back is polite PM's to the Mods we know best.
Openly criticizing other mods, stupid signatures, and innumerable threads only galvanize the resolve of the Mod team to stick together and keep the ban intact.
Psychology is more important than reality.