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Here's my take on it. First there is notification of a problem with a post or poster. There is discussion back and forth, possibly, between the mods and the poster. The mods deliver their ultimatum. If the poster doesn't comply, then there may be a temporary ban. Remember Who Let the Dogs Out or whatever his name was. He was always getting temp bans for being rude. He would come back, continuing to be rude. Time and time again. Finally, he was banned for good.
I believe the mods don't want to ban anybody and that they give everyone a chance to stay on the forum. I've had some warnings myself and some were over private messages. People can complain about those too. So the offense isn't necessarily public or because of a locked thread. I decided to play nice because staying on the forum was more important to me than making any point...petty or otherwise.
Just my humble opinion.